ERIC Number: ED499113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Reference Count: 5
Outcomes Linked to High-Quality Afterschool Programs: Longitudinal Findings from the Study of Promising Afterschool Programs
Vandell, Deborah Lowe; Reisner, Elizabeth R.; Pierce, Kim M.
Policy Studies Associates, Inc.
This study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Policy Studies Associates, Inc. finds that regular participation in high-quality afterschool programs is linked to significant gains in standardized test scores and work habits as well as reductions in behavior problems among disadvantaged students. These gains help offset the negative impact of a lack of supervision after school. The two-year study followed almost 3,000 low-income, ethnically diverse elementary and middle school students from eight states in six major metropolitan centers and six smaller urban and rural locations. About half of the young people attended high-quality afterschool programs at their schools or in their communities. (Contains 2 exhibits.)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Standardized Tests, After School Programs, Educational Quality, Program Effectiveness, Student Participation, Correlation, Scores, Study Habits, Student Behavior, Disadvantaged Youth, Low Income Groups, Student Diversity, Minority Group Children, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Achievement Gains, Peer Relationship
Policy Studies Associates, Inc. 1718 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20009. Tel: 202-939-9780; Fax: 202-939-5732; Web site: http://www.policystudies.com
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Irvine.; Wisconsin Univ., Madison.; Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.