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Year Published: 2014
An evaluation of 85 Fort Worth Independent School District afterschool programs (FWAS), including 21st CCLC programs. Key findings, which were collected via surveys, standardized test results and site visits, indicate that as participation in FWAS increased school day attendance, raised standardized test scores, and decreased disciplinary referrals. Additionally, students, parents, and teachers felt that participation in FWAS was beneficial to student overall success.
Program Name: Fort Worth After School (FWAS)
Program Description: Founded in 2000, Fort Worth After School (FWAS) provides high-quality afterschool enrichment programs to elementary, middle, and high school students aimed at promoting academic achievement, enhanced physical and social development, and reduced incidents of juvenile crime. During the 2013-14 academic school year, the program served 16,219 students daily across 85 sites.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Demographics: Fifty-nine percent of registrants were Hispanic, 31 percent were African-American, six percent were Caucasian, two percent were Asian or Pacific Islander, and one percent was multi-racial. Eighty-three percent of registrants were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch and 64 percent were classified by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as “At-Risk,” those students who have been identified as at risk of dropping out of school. The program was split 49 percent girls and 51 percent boys.