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Year Published: 2011
An analysis of 20,000 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) middle school students who were enrolled in schools that offered the Los Angeles’ Better Educated Students for Tomorrow (LA’s BEST) program, comparing students who participated in LA’s BEST in elementary school to students who did not participate. Based on the results of this quasi-experimental study, the more a student participated in LA’s BEST, the better their academic outcomes were in middle school. At 50 days, gains were shown in general math; at 80 days, gains were shown in algebra, science, and history; at 140 days gains were shown in language arts.
Program Name: LA's BEST
Program Description: LA’s BEST, created by Mayor Tom Bradley in 1988, provides supervision and academic support between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. to Los Angeles’ large population of underserved youth. Through their programming, LA’s BEST provides students age 5-12 with snacks, homework help, and enrichment activities.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Middle School
Program Demographics: Serves a diverse student population from LA’s low-income and underserved communities. Approximately 85 percent of LA’s BEST participants were Hispanic and approximately 2/3 were English Language Learners.
Program Website: http://www.lasbest.org/