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Year Published: 2015
A statewide evaluation of West Virginia’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs during the 2014-15 school year to examine the program’s impact on participating students’ academics and school day behavior. Key findings of the report include—based on teacher surveys—approximately 3 in 4 students improved their homework completion and participation in class and approximately 7 in 10 improved their academic performance, behavior in class, and engagement in learning. The evaluation also included findings from surveys of program directors to evaluate the successes, challenges, parent participation, and relationships with partners of 21st CCLC programs. Results from program directors showed that student involvement and high attendance were their greatest successes, and personnel issues was the biggest challenge. Furthermore, programs desired more professional development training—specifically in sustainability and personnel issues, greater parent engagement, and improvements in the 21st CCLC database collection system.
Program Name: West Virginia’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Program Description: West Virginia’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program, a federal grant program designed to serve high-needs communities with afterschool and summer programming, operated 139 sites across the state and served more than 11,000 children during the 2014-2015 school year. Between 2004 and 2015, the programs have served more than 120,000 students.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: West Virginia
Community Type: Rural, Urban, Suburban
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Demographics: Among students participating in West Virginia’s 21st CCLC program during the 2014-15 school year, 61 percent were elementary school students, 25 percent were middle school students, and 16 percent were high school students.
Program Website: http://wvde.state.wv.us/21stcclc/