ERIC Number: ED463593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Expansion of Out-of-School Programs Aims at Improving Student Achievement. Report.
Perry, Mary; Teague, Jackie; Frey, Susan
There is a growing conviction that out-of-school programs can play an important role in improving student achievement. Both government and private sources are investing in them. This report focuses on the expanding prevalence of after-school programs in California, and profiles their nature and the demands that they face. Funding has been increased for such programs to help them provide academically focused and enriching experiences for students. Connecting these programs with measures of academic achievement is a relatively new policy focus. School and community partnerships are essential in making out-of-school programs effective in raising academic achievement. Examples of programs are given to illustrate how varied they are in focus, scope, and operation. Evaluation of program efficacy is still in its infancy as data are just starting to become available from student test scores and the knowledge and experience provided by community-based organizations. The very diversity of programs also presents assessment challenges. To make programs effective, they must have clear and consistent structures and goals, appropriately trained staff and management, ongoing evaluation, good leadership, and stable, adequate funding. Evidence exists that well-implemented after-school programs positively affect student achievement. (RT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, After School Programs, Community Involvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrichment Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Partnerships in Education, Programs, School Age Day Care
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California