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Year Published: 2019
A statewide evaluation of Indiana’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs uses comparative analysis to show that high-participating program participants are more likely to experience gains in academic performance and behavior when compared to students who participate in 21st CCLC programs less frequently. During the 2017-2018 program year, a higher percentage of participants who attended the program for 90+ days passed the English/language arts (52 percent), math (48 percent), and science (41 percent) state standardized tests compared to those attending less frequently. Teachers also reported that more than 6 out of 10 students attending 60 or more days and identified as needing to improve in the following respects, improved their academic performance (68 percent), classroom participation (64 percent), and quality of homework completion (63 percent).
Program Name: Indiana 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Indiana’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program—which receives federal support through the 21st CCLC Initiative—serves high-needs communities across the state, providing local afterschool and summer programming through 129 grantees in 46 counties operating 225 centers serving 23,928 students during the 2017-18 program year.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Summer, Afterschool, Before school
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
All schools served by Indiana’s 21st CCLC programs are Title I eligible, meaning more than 40 percent of students qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch. In 2017-2018 program year, 75 percent of students qualified for Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch, 6 percent of students had limited English proficiency, and 9 percent of students had special needs. With regard to race and ethnicity, 53 percent of students identified as White and 47 percent identified as a “minority.”
Program Website: https://www.doe.in.gov/21stcclc