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Year Published: 2015
An evaluation of eight 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) programs in the Fairbanks North Star Borough school district during the 2014-15 school year. Student academic performance and parent involvement for regular program attendees are evaluated using enrollment records, student grades, GPA, attendance, Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) test results, teacher surveys, parent and student surveys, program staff interviews, and program site visits. The evaluation found that participation in the afterschool programs increased the attendance of regularly attending students with below average attendance records and increased participating high school students’ GPAs. Parent surveys showed that students’ participation in the program led to their parents feeling more comfortable in their child’s school and more involved in their child’s education.
Program Name: Fairbanks North Star Borough School District 21st CCLC After School Programs
Program Description: Alaska’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program—which has received federal support through the 21st CCLC initiative—serves high-needs communities, providing academic enrichment through local afterschool and summer programming. During the 2014-15 school year, the program served 762 students in eight schools.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: Fairbanks North Star Borough
Community Type: Rural
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Demographics: During the FY2015 grant award, nearly half of participating students were from low-income families, and 12 percent of all students identified as Alaskan Native or American Indian. Grantees of 21st CCLC funding in Alaska are programs that target at-risk students who are performing below proficient academically.
Program Website: http://www.k12northstar.org/domain/1093