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Year Published: 2016
A statewide evaluation of Texas’ 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs assessing operations, participation, and student achievement, as well as the relationship between each. Data was collected using student and staff surveys, program observations, and testing results. This evaluation found that students regularly participating in Texas 21st CCLC programs saw gains in their math performance, learning behavior, and persistence, as well as reductions in their school day absences and frequency of disciplinary incidents.
Program Name: Texas’ 21st Century Community Learning Center Program or Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE)
Program Description: Texas’ 21st CCLC program, referred to as the Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE), serves high-needs communities across the state, providing afterschool and summer programming to approximately 130,000 students during the 2014-2015 school year. The program is designed to support students’ performance in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, academics, engagement in school, and behavior at school. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) was first awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the federal government in 2002.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool, Before school
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Demographics: All schools served are Title 1 eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch. Sixty-two percent were Caucasian, 20 percent were Black, 2 percent were Asian, and 19 percent were Native American. Sixty-five percent were Hispanic. Twenty-two percent of participants were English language learners and half were students designated “at-risk,” or students who were identified as “being at risk of dropping out of school” by the Texas Education Agency, Texas’ Department of Education. (See Table 16 on pg. 61 of the report for participant and non-participant demographics.)