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Year Published: 2015
This statewide evaluation of Washington’s 21st CCLC grantees assesses the impact of the program on participating students during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic school years. Data collected on youth outcomes included reading and math achievement, GPA, school day absences, disciplinary incidents, and surveys of students that examined students’ motivation, engagement, and beliefs. This study found that students who regularly participated in Washington’s 21st CCLC programs saw gains in their math and reading performance and grade point averages, compared with their non-participating peers. A positive impact was also found regarding school day absences and disciplinary incidents, where regular program participants had a lower number of unexcused absences and disciplinary incidents compared to students not participating in the program.
Program Name: Washington's 21st CCLC program
Program Description: Washington’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program—which has received federal support through the 21st CCLC initiative—serves high-needs communities across the state, providing local afterschool and summer programming to 56 grantees operating 176 centers and serving 21,701 students during the 2012-2013 school year and 55 grantees operating 161 centers serving a total of 18,366 students during the 2013-2014 school year. For both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 periods, roughly 60 percent of participating students were regular attendees.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool, Before school
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Demographics: Among regular attendees, approximately 3 in 4 students qualified for free or reduced price lunch (73 percent in 2012-2013 and 74 percent in 2013-2014), more than 40 percent were Hispanic (42 percent in 2012-2013 and 43 percent in 2013-2014), almost a quarter were English language learners (21 percent in 2012-2013 and 23 percent in 2013-2014), and roughly 1 in 10 were classified as special needs (11 percent in 2012-2013 and 12 percent in 2013-2014).
Program Website: http://www.k12.wa.us/21stCenturyLearning/