U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

21st Century Community Learning Centers

Goal 8: To enable public elementary and secondary schools to plan, implement, or expand extended learning opportunities for the benefit of the educational, health, social service, cultural, and recreational needs of their communities.
Objective 1 of 3: PARTICIPANTS IN 21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER PROGRAMS WILL DEMONSTRATE EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL BENEFITS AND EXHIBIT POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL CHANGES.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 2: Achievement: Students regularly participating in the program will show continuous improvement in achievement through measures such as test scores, grades, and/or teacher reports.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of regular program participants whose Math/English grades increased from fall to spring.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Elementary Math Elementary English Middle or High School Math Middle or High School English Overall Math Overall English
Elementary Math Elementary English Middle or High School Math Middle or High School English Overall Math Overall English
2000
43 45 36 37 39 41
           
2001
43 46 37 39 40 43
Continuous Improvement 

Percentage of regular program participants whose achievement test scores improved from below grade level to at or above grade level.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Elementary Math Elementary English Middle or High School Math Middle or High School English Overall Math Overall English
Elementary Math Elementary English Middle or High School Math Middle or High School English Overall Math Overall English
2000
5.80 5.10 3.90 3.90 4.80 4.50
           
2001
5 4.10 8.10 5.50 6.60 6
 Continuous Improvement

Percentage of regular program participants with teacher-reported improvement in homework completion and class participation.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Elementary Middle or High School Math Overall
Elementary Middle or High School Math Overall
2000
76 64 69
     
2001
74 71 73
Continuous Improvement
Status: Positive movement toward target. Met target of continuing improvement in all areas for this objective. All three measures (grades, achievement test gain scores, and teacher reports) suggest encouraging progress for regular program participants.

Explanation: Grades improved for nearly 42% of the regular K-12 program participants (40% and 43% of the participants increased their Math and English grades respectively).  
Additional Source Information: Grantee and performance reports.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: Unknown 2003.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data supplied by grantees.

Limitations: Achievement gain scores are available from only about 41% of the grantees. Some of these data are reported by percentiles, which do not easily translate to at, above, or below grade level changes. However, changes in data by percentile are consistent with the at, above or below grade level data. The use of teacher reports is an imprecise estimate of student improvement. Data from grantee reports will be compared with the national evaluation results for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 2: Behavior: Students participating in the program will show improvements on measures such as school attendance, classroom performance, and decreased disciplinary actions or other adverse behaviors.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of students with teacher-reported improvements in student behavior
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Elementary Middle or High School Overall
Elementary Middle or High School Overall
2000
62 57 59
     
2001
73 75 74
 Continuous Increase
Status: Positive movement. Met target of continuing improvement.

Explanation: According to teacher reports in 2001, 74 percent of the students who regularly participated in 21st Century Community Learning Center programs showed behavioral improvements (up from 59% in 2000).  
Additional Source Information: Grantee reports.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: January 2003.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data supplied by grantees.

Limitations: Teacher reports are subjective and thus subject to variation over time and across sites.

 

Objective 2 of 3: 21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS WILL OFFER A RANGE OF HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATIONAL, DEVELOPMENTAL, AND RECREATIONAL SERVICES.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 5: Core educational services: More than 85 percent of centers will offer high-quality services in at least one core academic area, such as reading and literacy, mathematics, and science.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of 21st Century Centers reporting emphasis in at least one core academic area
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000
97
85
2001
96
85
2002
 
85
Status: Target exceeded.

Explanation: Nearly all of the grantees (96%) provided at least one core educational service (e.g. supplementary help in reading, mathematics, or science).  
Additional Source Information: Grantee performance reports.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: January 2003.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data supplied by grantees.

Limitations: There is no objective measure of service quality.

 
Indicator 8.2.2 of 5: Enrichment and support activities: More than 85 percent of centers will offer enrichment and support activities such as nutrition and health, art, music, technology, and recreation.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of 21st Century Centers offering enrichment and support activities in technology
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000 70 85
2001 79 85
2002   85

Percentage of 21st Century Centers offering enrichment and support activities in other areas.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000 97 85
2001 95 85
2002   85
Status: Target exceeded. Target for enrichment and support activities exceeded. Positive movement toward target for technology services.

Explanation: The vast majority of the centers (95%) offer enrichment and support services with a significant proportion (79 percent) offering computer- or technology-related activities. This is up from 70% in 2000.  
Additional Source Information: Grantee performance reports.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: January 2003.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data supplied by grantees.

 
Indicator 8.2.3 of 5: Community involvement: Centers will establish and maintain partnerships within the community that continue to increase levels of community collaboration in planning, implementing, and sustaining programs.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Average number of community partners reported
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000
6
 
2001
8
 
Status: Unable to judge. Data show progress.

Explanation: The average number of community partners (8) is a proxy measure of community involvement. Data from national evaluation will be used to further assess community involvement.  
Additional Source Information: Grantee performance reports.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: January 2003.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

Limitations: In the future, the annual performance report will ask for number of active partners. The national impact evaluation will collect more detailed information on the quality of collaboration.

 
Indicator 8.2.4 of 5: Services to parents and other adult community members: More than 85 percent of centers will offer services to parents, senior citizens, and other adult community members.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of 21st Century Centers offering services to parents and other adult community members:
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000 40 85
2001 58 85
2002   85
Status: Target not met. Data show progress toward objective.

Explanation: More than half (58%) of the grantees offered services to parents, senior citizens, or other adult community members in 2001. This is an 18% increase over the baseline of 40%.  
Additional Source Information: Grantee performance reports.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: January 2003.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data supplied by grantees.

 
Indicator 8.2.5 of 5: Extended hours: More than 75 percent of centers will offer services at least 15 hours a week on average and provide services when school is not in session, such as during the summer and holidays.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of 21st Century Centers offering 15 or more hours per week during the school year:
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000 59 75
2001 55 75
2002   75

Percentage of 21st Century Centers offering 15 or more hours per week during the summer:
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000 89 75
2001 71 75
2002   75
Status: Target not met.

Explanation: The percentages of centers offering extended hours during the school year and the summer sessions are 55 percent and 71 percent, respectively. The Department intends to emphasize this aspect of the program in the future.  
Additional Source Information: Grantee performance reports.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: January 2003.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data supplied by grantees.

 

Objective 3 of 3: 21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS WILL SERVE CHILDREN AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS WITH THE GREATEST NEEDS FOR EXPANDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES.
Indicator 8.3.1 of 1: High-need communities: More than 80 percent of Centers are located in high-poverty communities.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of 21st Century Centers located in schools with at least 50 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch:
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2000
66
80
2001
64
80
2002
 
80
Status: Target not met.

Explanation: 64 percent of the grantees are in schools in which more than 50 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.  
Additional Source Information: Grantee performance reports.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: January 2003.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data supplied by grantees.

 

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