ERIC Number: ED418142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Sacramento START: An Evaluation Report, September, 1996-May, 1997.
This report provides an assessment of the progress of Sacramento START, an after-school learning program, for the period from September 1996 through May 1997. Evaluation instruments included standardized test scores for students in grades three through six and interviews with 18 principals from 20 START schools and teachers from 18 schools. Test scores are reported for the Sacramento (California) City Unified School District, the North Sacramento School District, and the Natomas School District. The program's goals are to provide a safe, positive afterschool environment for low-income children, to build the capacity of these children to succeed academically and socially, and to connect neighborhoods with schools by providing part-time employment to neighborhood residents, including the families of some START participants. The Sacramento START program operated in five school districts, and enrolled more than 2,000 students. It employed 134 staff members, 73% of whom were residents of the neighborhood of the participating school. An estimated $7.9 million in low-income family child care costs was saved, and over $500,000 was earned by neighborhood residents. The cost to the community was estimated at $3.50 per child per day. Minority children comprised 83% of participants. In the North Sacramento School District, the longer a child was enrolled, the greater the improvement in standardized test scores. In the Sacramento City District, 83% of enrolled students showed improvement in test scores, and the average improvement was an impressive 22 points for third and fourth graders. In the Natomas District, 56% of students improved their standardized test scores. Overall, 62% of teachers thought that START had helped their students academically, with improvements most noted for younger students. Principals indicated a strong level of support for the program. Recommendations from teachers and principals centered on strengthening the relationship between school and START staff members, increasing staff training, and focusing more on homework and literacy needs of students. An appendix contains nine tables of supplemental school information and a list of programs by site. (Contains 23 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sacramento Neighborhoods Planning and Development Services Dept., CA.
Identifiers - Location: California (Sacramento)