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An evaluation of eight 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) programs in the Fairbanks North Star Borough school district during the 2014-15 school year. Student academic performance and parent involvement for regular program attendees are evaluated using enrollment records, student grades, GPA, attendance, Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) test results, teacher surveys, parent and student surveys, program staff interviews, and program site visits. The evaluation found that participation in the afterschool programs increased the attendance of regularly attending students with below average attendance records and increased participating high school students’ GPAs. Parent surveys showed that students’ participation in the program led to their parents feeling more comfortable in their child’s school and more involved in their child’s education.
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).
This 2019 statewide evaluation of North Carolina’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs found that based on teachers surveyed, students regularly participating in 21st CCLC programs saw improvements in their classroom performance and behavior. Approximately 5 in 6 elementary (84 percent), middle (86 percent), and high school (88 percent) students improved their homework completion and class participation. A majority of elementary (68 percent), middle (74 percent), and high school (84 percent) students also improved their behavior.
An evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) programs in Pennsylvania using federally reported 21APR data (where APR stands for “Annual Performance Report” and the 21APR system collects information on 21st CCLC grantees and centers) and PA Grantee Reports to examine attendance and behavior; academic achievement in reading, math, and credit completion; and student and parent program satisfaction. The evaluation found that among students who regularly attended the program, 44 percent improved their reading grade from fall to spring and 43 percent improved their math grade from fall to spring. Based on teacher reports, 47 percent of regular program attendees improved their in-school behavior, and 56 percent of attendees improved homework outcomes. Overall, parents and students were both overwhelming “very satisfied” with their, or their child’s, experience in the program.
A statewide evaluation of West Virginia’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs–based on exam scores and teacher surveys–found that students attending a program for at least 30 days (regular attendees) experienced academic and behavioral improvements. The overwhelming majority of program participants either stayed the same or improved their performance level from the previous year on statewide exams in reading (elementary- 82 percent, middle school- 82.2 percent, high school- 83.5 percent) and math (elementary- 81.1 percent, middle school- 85.9 percent, high school- 83.1 percent). Teachers also reported improvements in students’ homework completion and class participation (69.1 percent) and overall behavior in the classroom (59.6 percent).
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 Colorado’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2017-18 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 (71 percent), class participation (68 percent), motivation to learn (67 percent), relationships with peers (63 percent), classroom attentiveness (62 percent), homework completion (55 percent), and behavior in class (54 percent). Subgrantees were also surveyed and reported progress in meeting or exceeding their performance measure in enrichment (57 percent), STEM (61 percent), health and wellness (53 percent), and attendance (60 percent).
A report on the performance data for the 21st Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program operated by Coordinated Child Care of Pinellas, Inc. under two grants from the Florida Department of Education. Program participants at all three middle schools sites were more likely to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the math, English language arts, and science Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) than students in the middle schools overall. Additionally, the report looked at the program’s impact on health and physical fitness, finding that an overwhelming majority of students participating in the program maintained a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) or showed improvement in their BMI scores throughout the academic year, as well as were able to successfully identify the healthier foods.
This evaluation of the District of Columbia’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program examined results from the program between 2007 and 2012 and found that students in the program made academic and behavioral gains. By the fourth year of operation, nearly half of regular program participants who took part in core content enrichment activities improved their grades from fall to spring. Additionally, among participants in need of improvement, by the fourth year of operation, 68 percent showed improvement in homework completion, 63 percent improved attentiveness, and 61 percent improved classroom behavior.
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.