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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.
Program Name: EduCare Foundation’s ACE (Achievement and Commitment to Excellence) Program
EduCare Foundation’s ACE (Achievement and Commitment to Excellence) Program is a comprehensive afterschool program that takes a social and emotional learning approach while also offering academic enrichment; homework help and tutoring; physical activity; arts; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and college access. During the 2016-17 school year, the program was offered at 13 high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). They are funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, which provides support to high-needs communities across the country.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: Los Angeles, California
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: High School
This evaluation comprised data from 13 of the LAUSD high schools offering EduCare Foundation’s ACE program during the 2016-17 school year. Of ACE students included in the study that represented more than 1 percent when looking at race and ethnicity, 91.2 percent were Hispanic, 4.8 percent were Asian, and 3.1 percent identified as “other ethnicity”. Regarding free and reduced price lunch status, 62.7 percent of students in the study qualified for the program. Additionally, 7 percent of students were identified as special education and 4.8 percent of students were English language learners.
Program Website: http://www.educarefoundation.com/home