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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.

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

Year Published: 2018

A statewide evaluation of Nebraska’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2016-17 school year examined outcomes related to participants’ academic performance, engagement, and behavior. The evaluation found that based on teacher surveys, a majority of students regularly attending the program made improvements in their academic performance, homework completion, participation, behavior, and relationship with their peers. Student and parent surveys also show positive program experiences. 

Hawaii Statewide Evaluation of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program: School Year 2016-17 Evaluation Report

Year Published: 2018

A statewide evaluation of Hawaii’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2016-17 school year examined outcomes related to participants’ academic performance, engagement, and behavior. The evaluation found improvements in homework completion, classroom participation, and classroom behavior among students regularly participating in the program based on teacher surveys.  

The Impact of the ACE Program on Academic Achievement 2016-2017

Year Published: 2018

A quasi-experimental study examining high school students participating in EduCare Foundation’s ACE program found higher academic achievement—as measured by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in English language arts (ELA) and math—among ACE participants compared to matched peers attending general afterschool programs. For example, the mean CAASPP ELA score of high school students participating in the ACE program was 35.7 points higher than the matched control group; a statistically significant difference with a moderate to large effect size. When looking at CAASPP mean math scores, ACE participants scored 30.9 points higher than their matched peers, a statistically significant difference with a moderate effect size.  

2016-17 North Carolina 21st CCLC Program State-Level Progress Monitoring Report

Year Published: 2018

A statewide evaluation of North Carolina’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs examined academic performance and behavior of regularly participating students. State achievement test results in reading and math for program participants (grades 4-8) showed year-to-year improvements in test scores that were on par or slightly above the state average. Additionally, based on classroom teacher surveys, an overwhelming majority of students regularly attending 21st CCLC programs made improvements in student performance (86 percent) and behavior (69 percent).  

Afterschool & STEM: System-Building Evaluation 2016

Year Published: 2017

A total of 1,599 students participating in afterschool programs with a STEM focus in grades 4-12 from 11 states completed retrospective self-report surveys measuring STEM-related attitudes and 21st century skills. Facilitators completed a survey about their experiences leading afterschool STEM, and the programs’ STEM activities were observed and evaluated to establish levels of quality. The evaluation found that students that participated in STEM-focused afterschool programs led to positive changes in students’ attitudes toward science, STEM interest, STEM identity, STEM career interest, career knowledge, 21st century skills, and critical thinking. Larger effects were seen in students who participated in programs for a minimum of four weeks. Higher quality STEM programs reported more positive gains than lower quality programs.

Hawaii Statewide Evaluation of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, School Year 2014-2015 Evaluation Report

Year Published: 2017

A statewide evaluation of Hawaii's 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs assessing operations, participation, and student achievement using data from the Annual Performance Reporting (APR) system. This evaluation found improvements in classroom behavior, homework completion and classroom participation, and school day attendance among students regularly participating in Hawaii's 21st CCLC programs. Additionally, improvements in reading and language arts and math were also found among regular participants.
 

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

Year Published: 2017

A statewide evaluation of Nebraska’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2015-16 school year examined outcomes related to participants’ academic performance, engagement, and behavior. The evaluation found that based on teacher surveys, a majority of students regularly attending the program improved their academic performance, homework completion, participation, behavior, and relationship with their peers. Student and parent surveys also indicated positive experiences in the program.   

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.  

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