Data & Evaluation 2016-17
From the Program Director
21st Century Summary Report
Council Bluffs Community Schools received its first 21st CCLC grant in the 2014-2015 school year when Kirn and Wilson Middle Schools were awarded. Since then, the Iowa Department of Education has awarded CB Schools three more grants, serving a total of nine (9) schools.*
This federal grant is part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Its funding is outlined in Title IV Part B. And, very much like Title 1 program funding seeks to assist schools serving at-risk students who participate in the federal school lunch program and those who are not proficient in the areas of math and/or reading. Unlike Title 1, these funds are to be used in out-of-school time such as before, after, and summer school programming.
The Wallace Foundation (www.wallacefoundation.org) has been following research trends on 21st CCLC since the program began 23 years ago. They have found that students who participate in out-of-school programming for 30 days or more will see increased in-school attendance, grades, and a decrease in discipline incidents. What’s more, we have recently learned that juvenile arrests in our city have decreased. This mirrors a national trend that sits at a 30% decrease in juvenile crime.
Each year, we are required to provide the Department of Education an external evaluation of our programs. This year our evaluator, Sherry Huffman, Ed.S., completed our evaluation and we provide you a copy along with this summary.
Four Most Important Points:
Regular Attendees at the elementary and middle school showed a statistically significant higher in-school attendance rate than occasional attendees. What’s more, regular attendees at all levels have a higher attendance rate than the 2015-16 state average of 95.7%.
In reading, while there was no significant difference in growth between regular attendees and occasional attendees on the state test, the percent of students proficient at the elementary increased from last year. Additionally, 46% of middle school regular attendees and 38% of high school regular attendees made more than expected growth in reading.
Elementary regular attendees demonstrated statistically significant growth in Math compared to occasional attendees. The percent of regular attendees proficient also increased. 53% of middle school regular attendees and 58% of high school regular attendees made more than expected growth in the state assessment in Math.
When it comes to discipline incidents, more than 85% of regular attendees at all levels had fewer disciplinary incidents than students not participating in CCLC programming. Our goal is that at least 80% of the regular attendees will have fewer discipline incidents than occasional attendees.
Our students’ growth is evident in attendance, grades, test scores, and school engagement. We are confident that the needle is moving in the right direction.
Dr. Sandra Day