Program Evaluation: Out-of-School Learning Opportunities

Previous research indicates that after-school programs for students in at-risk situations can significantly improve student outcomes in such areas as academic performance, attendance, and discipline. ջ 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). The evaluation reports and executive summaries are available in PDF format from the links below.

21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

The 21st CCLC program helped create community learning centers to provide additional instruction and support to students and their families outside normal school hours. The program facilitates greater interaction between schools and communities to increase greater parental participation in school life and to increase students' academic achievement. For more information see ջ's 21st CCLC page.

For information about funding options to increase summer learning programming, check out the Summer Learning Program Budgeting Guidance

The evaluation reports and executive summaries are available from the links below:

Intensive Summer Pilot Programs

Funded from 2008-2010, Intensive Summer Pilot (ISP) programs were collaborations between districts and institutions of higher education. The purpose was to provide intensive summer coursework to promote college and workforce readiness for middle school and high school students identified as being at risk of dropping out of school. 

The evaluation report and executive summary are available from the links below:

Optional Extended Year Program

OEYP provided additional support and instruction for students in kindergarten through Grade 11 who were unlikely to be promoted to the following grade or for students in Grade 12 who were unlikely to graduate. OEYP enabled districts to provide services through extended-day, extended-week, or extended–year programs.

The evaluation reports and executive summaries are available from the links below:

Texas After-School Initiative for Middle Schools

TASI served middle-school students at risk of academic failure or at risk for committing juvenile offenses. TASI-funded after school programs intended to increase participants' academic performance, reduce referrals to the juvenile justice system, and increase involvement of parents and mentors.

The evaluation report and executive summary are available from the links below:

Contact: ProgramEval@tea.texas.gov