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Year Published: 2010
An external analysis of student test scores, attendance and assessment records in 39 THINK Together afterschool sites in the Santa Ana Unified School District. The evaluation found that participating in the program had a positive impact on students’ math and reading skills, as measured through THINK Together assessments, as well as on students’ perceived math efficacy. It also found that frequent participation in the program had a positive effect on academics, where those students with higher levels of participation in the program saw greater gains on their California Standardized Test (CST) scores in reading and math and their California English Language Development Test (CELDT) scores compared to students who did not participate in the program.
Program Name: THINK Together
Program Description: Since 1994, THINK Together has been providing afterschool programming that creates opportunities for Southern California’s under-resourced elementary, middle, and high school children and youth to improve their academic outcomes, discover their passions, and reach their full potential. THINK Together is the primary provider for the Santa Ana Unified School District’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers. During the 2009-2010 school year, THINK Together provided afterschool programming at 225 public schools.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: Santa Ana, CA
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Demographics: Ninety-eight percent of participants were Hispanic, 62 percent were eligible for the federal Free or Reduce Price Lunch program, and 88 percent were classified as English language learners.
Program Website: https://thinktogether.org/