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Outcomes reported for after-school program

ALBANY, Ga. -- Last summer, the Albany Area YMCA received a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the Department of Education which will provide $2 million over a five-year period to conduct after-school and summer enrichment programs for elementary school children in Dougherty County.

The program began last October at Magnolia Elementary School, serving 125 children who were not succeeding academically.

Recently, program officials released results of outcome measures that the DOE will use to evaluate the success of the program. The program met or exceeded six of seven objectives for the 2012-13 school year and came very close to meeting the seventh objective.

The primary goal of the program was to improve academic performance of participating students in math and reading. The goal sought a 45 percent improvement rate. Outcome measures determined that:

  • 82 percent of regularly attending students in the 21st CCLC after-school program met or exceeded the state standard for reading.
  • 84 percent of regularly attending students in the 21st CCLC after-school program met or exceeded the state standard for math.
  • Another program goal was to improve classroom performance of participating students. The goal sought improvement of 60 percent. Outcome measures determined that:
  • 69 percent of regularly attending students in the 21st CCLC after-school program improved their homework completion over the course of the school year.
  • 76 percent of regularly attending students in the 21st CCLC after-school program improved their classroom participation over the course of the school year.
  • 56 percent of regularly attending students in the 21st CCLC after-school program improved their classroom behavior over the course of the school year.
  • Since the 21st CCLC program is strongly rooted in family involvement, a goal of the program was to increase parent participation in the educational process. The goal sought participation of 40 parents/guardians. Outcome measures determined that:
  • 42 adults attended at least one family literacy/education activity during the school year.
  • 42 adults attended at least one program activity during the school year that promoted their child's success in school.

Other performance measures of regularly attending students:

  • 43 percent improved their math grade.
  • 30 percent improved their reading grade.
  • 50 percent improved their language arts grade.
  • 63 percent improved their science grade.
  • 33 percent improved their social studies grade.
  • 91 percent had no disciplinary referrals during the school year.
  • 87 percent were promoted to the next grade.

With the closure of Magnolia Elementary School, the 21st CCLC program will be conducted on two sites (Live Oak Elementary and Alice Coachman Elementary) this upcoming school year in order to continue service to participating students.