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Released: July 2009
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Out-of-school time programs can enhance academic achievement by helping students learn outside the classroom. The five recommendations in this guide are intended to help district and school administrators, out-of-school program providers, and educators design out-of-school time programs that will increase learning for students. The guide also describes the research supporting each recommendation, how to carry out each recommendation, and how to address roadblocks that might arise in implementing them.
Minimal Evidence
Align the OST program academically with the school day.
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Minimal Evidence
Maximize student participation and attendance.
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Moderate Evidence
Adapt instruction to individual and small group needs.
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Minimal Evidence
Provide engaging learning experiences.
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Minimal Evidence
Assess program performance and use the results to improve the quality of the program.
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Education Levels:
  • Elementary
  • Middle Grades
  • Administrator
  • Parent/Family
  • Policymaker
  • Researcher
  • School Specialist
  • Student
  • Teacher

This practice guide was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-07-CO-0062.

The following research staff contributed to the guide: Samina Sattar, Virginia Knechtel, Elizabeth Potamites, and Claire Smither Wulsin.

  • Megan Beckett (Chair)
  • Geoffrey Borman
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Jeffrey Capizzano
    Teaching Strategies, Inc.
  • Danette Parsley
    Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL)
  • Steven Ross
    The Johns Hopkins University
  • Allen Schirm
    Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
  • Jessica Taylor
    Florida Department of Education

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