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Year Published: 2017
A statewide evaluation of Maine’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2015-2016 school year examined academic and behavioral outcomes associated with regular participation in the program among students who were designated as low-performing in school. The evaluation found that a majority of regularly attending low-performing students increased both their math and English language arts/literacy test scores. Teacher surveys showed that the majority of regularly participating low-performing students improved in-class behavior from the fall and spring semesters. Student surveys showed that the majority of students learned something new at their 21st CCLC program and enjoyed attending their program.
Program Name: Maine’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Program Description: Maine’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program—which has received federal support through the 21st CCLC initiative starting in 2003—serves high-needs communities across the state, providing local afterschool and summer programming to 23 grantees operating 64 centers during the 2015-16 school year. Across all sites, 8,454 students were served, approximately 75 percent of whom were designated as a “low-performing student.”
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Community Type: Rural, Urban, Suburban
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Demographics: All schools served by Maine’s 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch. Of students participating in Maine’s 21st CCLC program, 68 percent qualified for Free and Reduced Price Lunch and 75 percent were designated as “low-performing,” where “low-performing” was defined as “students that did not meet the academic standards required by the for their grade level upon enrollment in the program, as evidenced by standardized assessment results.” 15 percent of participants identified their race or ethnicity as non-white.
Program Website: http://www.maine.gov/doe/21st-century/