Program Evaluation: Out-of-School Learning Opportunities in Texas

April 9, 2013

An evaluation of the Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers shows that students in high-quality centers had fewer disciplinary incidents, were more likely to be promoted, and improved their reading and math scores on a state standardized test. The more that the students attended these high-quality programs, the larger the effect.

Previous research indicates that after-school programs for students in at-risk situations can significantly improve student outcomes in such areas as academic performance, student attendance rates, and incidence of disciplinary actions. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has implemented a number of state and federally funded after-school initiatives in Texas, including the Texas After-School Initiative for Middle Schools (TASI), the Optional Extended Year Program (OEYP), and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program (21st CCLC).

Learn more about these programs and their proven improvements for youth in the link below.