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ERIC Number: ED511786
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
After-School Math. NCEE Evaluation Brief. NCEE 2009-4057
National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance
After-school programs receive federal support through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, established in 1999. A primary purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for academic enrichment to help students meet state and local standards in core content areas. Findings from a previous national evaluation of the program indicate that the program grants awarded between 1999 and 2002 had, on average, a limited academic impact on the academic achievement of participating elementary school students. A possible factor is that most academic activities at the evaluation sites consisted of homework sessions in which students received limited additional academic assistance (such as instruction or assistance with homework). In addition, attendance was limited and sporadic. But analyses comparing the academic outcomes of frequent and infrequent participants suggest that increasing attendance alone is unlikely to improve the academic findings. So, the limited academic effects and the low levels of formal academic assistance offered in these programs highlight the need for better academic programming. In response, the Institute of Education Sciences supported the development and evaluation of instructional resources in core content areas that could be used in after-school programs. This brief presents findings for the first of two years of program operations (school year 2005-06) on a study for math. (Contains 1 figure.) [For the full report, "The Evaluation of Enhanced Academic Instruction in After-School Programs: Findings After the First Year of Implementation. NCEE 2008-4021," see ED501655.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (ED)
IES Funded: Yes