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Alaska 21st Century Community Learning Centers Statewide Evaluation Report: Fiscal Year 2017

Year Published: 2018

A statewide evaluation of Alaska’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs examined student improvement in academic performance and social and emotional skills. Gains were seen across grade levels and teacher reports indicate that the greater the program attendance, the greater the percentage of students that improved in each category. Teachers reported that 75 percent of students regularly participating in programs improved their overall academic performance and the majority of students demonstrated growth in their social and emotional skills and behavior, such as forming positive relationships with adults (70 percent), working collaboratively with peers (68 percent), and seeking assistance (68 percent). 

Michigan 21st Century Community Learning Centers Evaluation: 2016-2017 Annual Report

Year Published: 2018

A statewide evaluation of Michigan’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs found that based on grades and surveys of teachers, students, and parents, students attending a program for at least 30 days (regular attendees) saw academic gains, as well as improvements in their behavior and engagement in school. Approximately half of students with room for improvement (defined as having a fall GPA below 3.0), saw grade improvement in math (51 percent) and English/language arts (49 percent) from fall to spring. Teacher surveys also reflected an improvement in classroom performance for behaviors such as turning in homework on time and participating in class (73 percent), as well as getting along with other students (75 percent). In addition, both students and parents reported overall positive perceptions of program impact on academic learning and behavior.

Illinois State Board of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program: State-Level Program Evaluation 2016-2017

Year Published: 2018

A statewide evaluation of Illinois’ 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2016-17 school year found that based on teacher surveys, a majority of students attending a program for 30 days or more saw improvements in academics,  behavior, and engagement in school. For example, teachers reported that students who were in need of improvement in the following areas improved their academic performance (elementary schoolers- 61 percent, middle/high schoolers- 70 percent), behavior in class (elementary schoolers- 53 percent, middle/high schoolers- 62 percent), motivation to learn (elementary schoolers- 52 percent, middle/high schoolers- 58 percent), and ability to get along with others (elementary schoolers- 57 percent, middle/high schoolers- 66 percent).

Michigan 21st Century Community Learning Centers Evaluation: 2015-2016 Annual Report

Year Published: 2017

A statewide evaluation of Michigan’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs found that based on grades and surveys of teachers, students, and parents, students attending a program for at least 30 days (regular attendees) saw academic gains, as well as improvements in their behavior and engagement in school. Approximately half of students with room for improvement (defined as having a fall GPA below 3.0), saw grade improvement in math (52 percent) and English/language arts (48 percent) from fall to spring. Teacher surveys also reflected an improvement in classroom performance for behaviors such as turning in homework on time and participating in class (73 percent), as well as getting along with other students (74 percent). In addition, both students and parents reported overall positive perceptions of program impact on academic learning and behavior.  

Illinois State Board of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program: State-Level Program Evaluation 2015-2016

Year Published: 2017

A statewide evaluation of Illinois’ 21st CCLC programs during the 2015-16 school year found that based on teacher surveys, a strong majority of students attending a program for 30 days or more saw improvements in their academics, behavior, and engagement in school. For example, teachers reported that regularly participating students made improvements in their academic performance (elementary schoolers- 64 percent, middle/high schoolers- 59 percent), behavior in class (elementary schoolers- 60 percent, middle/high schoolers- 52 percent), motivation to learn (elementary schoolers- 64 percent, middle/high schoolers- 56 percent), and regular school day attendance (elementary schoolers- 57 percent, middle/high schoolers- 50 percent).

Connecticut’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Evaluation 2015-16 Evaluation Report

Year Published: 2017

A statewide evaluation of Connecticut’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2015-16 program year found that, according to site coordinator surveys, students attending a program for at least 30 days (regular attendees) experienced high levels of program engagement. Regular program participants also showed high rates of regular school day attendance (94.6 percent) and low rates of disciplinary infractions (10.8 percent).  

Michigan 21st Century Community Learning Centers Evaluation: 2014-2015 Annual Report

Year Published: 2016

A statewide evaluation of Michigan’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2014-15 program year found that based on grades and surveys of teachers, students, and parents, students attending a program for at least 30 days (regular attendees) saw academic gains, as well as improvements in their behavior and engagement in school. Approximately half of students with room for improvement (defined as having a fall GPA below 3.0), saw grade improvement in math (49 percent) and English/language arts (50 percent) from fall to spring. Teacher surveys also reflected an improvement in classroom performance for behaviors such as turning in homework on time and participating in class (73 percent), as well as getting along with other students (75 percent). In addition, both students and parents reported overall positive perceptions of program impact on academic learning and behavior.  

Girlstart Program Impact Statement: 2015-16

Year Published: 2016

This non-experimental evaluation focused on pre- and post-program survey results distributed to girls enrolled in Girlstart After School and Summer Camp programs throughout Texas. The study evaluated whether program participants showed an increase in confidence, ability, and desire to pursue and accomplish STEM related opportunities and future careers. The survey results for Girlstart’s After School program met or exceeded all goals set by the program prior to the post-program survey, showing a majority of girls interested in STEM, pursuing STEM careers, and feeling more confident in their abilities to complete STEM related tasks. Summer Camp evaluation results showed a similar pattern, however, results were not compared to pre-survey goals. 

The Impact of Afterschool STEM: Build IT

Year Published: 2016

Build IT is an afterschool and summer curriculum for middle school youth to develop fluency in information technology (IT), interest in mathematics and knowledge of IT careers. In this selection of evaluation data from the 2012-2013 school year, participants demonstrated gains along three major categories of youth outcomes—interest in STEM, capacity to engage in STEM, and finding value in STEM.

The Impact of Afterschool STEM: East End House

Year Published: 2016

East End House uses a holistic approach to promote the well-being, academic achievement, and lifelong success of youth from under-resourced families. STEM is embedded into its elementary and middle school afterschool program, with the goal to increase excitement and confidence in STEM learning, as well as introduce youth to STEM careers. In this selection of evaluation data from the 2013-2014 school year, participants demonstrated gains along three major categories of youth outcomes—interest in STEM, capacity to engage in STEM, and finding value in STEM.

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