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A statewide evaluation of New Mexico’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2017-18 program year found that an overwhelming majority of regular program participants (attending 30 days or more) showed improvements in their school behavior. According to teachers surveyed, 91 percent of regular program participants improved in classroom behavior, while 88 percent improved in homework and class participation. Regular program participants also demonstrated academic gains, with roughly half of students (51 percent) earning a below passing grade in math and reading during the first grading period raising their grades before the end of term.
A statewide evaluation of Colorado’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2016-17 school year found positive gains related to student participants’ academic performance, engagement in school, and school-day behavior. Teachers reported that among students regularly attending the program and who were in need of improvement, a strong majority improved their academic performance (76 percent), class participation (73 percent), motivation to learn (66 percent), classroom attentiveness (66 percent), relationships with their peers (62 percent), homework completion (60 percent), and behavior in class (60 percent). Program directors were also surveyed and they discussed how the program provided a host of supports to students and their families, including creating a safe space for students, which also provided peace of mind for families; provided a place for students to build connections to their peers; and offered classes to family members, such as GED and ESL classes.
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).
A statewide evaluation of Pennsylvania’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs—based on performance outcomes and teacher surveys—found that students regularly participating in the program showed academic and behavioral improvements. Teachers reported that among students regularly participating in programs and in need of improvement, 68 percent improved their academic performance and 53 percent improved their behavior in class. Among students who had two consecutive years of data from the Pennsylvania statewide assessments, more than a fifth (22 percent) improved their performance from the previous year in reading and 13 percent in math.
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.
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).
A statewide evaluation of Missouri’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2017-18 school year examined outcomes related to participants’ academic performance, engagement, and behavior. The evaluation found that almost all 21st CCLC sites reported that at least half of their students maintained or improved their reading/communication arts, math, and science grades. Students in the programs also reported strong personal and social skills and a commitment to learning.
A statewide evaluation of Kansas’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2016-17 program year found that—based on teacher surveys—an overwhelming majority of program participants improved, stayed the same, or did not need to change with regard to their attendance (98 percent), academics (96 percent), homework completion (95 percent), and behavior (90 percent).
A statewide evaluation of Mississippi’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs—based on teacher surveys—found that regular program participants (attending 30 days or more) experienced positive and statistically significant gains in academic performance and behavior. According to teacher surveys, approximately 3 in 4 regular program participants improved their grades in reading (74.8 percent) and math (75.6 percent). In addition, there is a positive and statistically significant correlation between higher levels of program participation and increased rates of student improvement in English language arts and math, as well as in behavior, classroom participation, and homework completion.
A statewide evaluation of 21st CCLC programs in Arkansas using student, parent, and staff surveys, as well as annual performance reports, found that programs provided an environment where students felt that they were supported academically and were able to develop positive social and emotional skills. Additionally, among students who participated in 21st CCLC programs between 30-59 days, a majority either increased to or remained in the “Proficient” or “Advanced” category for the state assessment in English language and literacy (74 percent) and math (62 percent).