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Volume 20, Number 2
March/April 2004

Out-of-School Programs Boost Achievement, Study Finds


Afterschool and summer school programs can increase the achievement of at-risk students by an average of four percentage points on reading and math tests, according to a recent analysis by Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL). Although these effects may seem minor at first glance, McREL's researchers say they are important because most out-of-school-time (OST) programs occur over a relatively short period of time and focus on students of low socioeconomic status, who tend to struggle most.

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For Further Information

For Further Information

P.A. Lauer, M. Akiba, S.B. Wilkerson, H.S. Apthorp, D. Snow, and M. Martin-Glenn. The Effectiveness of Out-of-School-Time Strategies in Assisting Low-Achieving Students in Reading and Mathematics: A Research Synthesis. Aurora, CO: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning, 2003.

U.S. Department of Education. “When Schools Stay Open Late: The National Evaluation of the 21st-Century Community Learning Centers Program, First-Year Findings” (No. PR02-82). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Undersecretary, 2003.