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What is the study about?

This study examines whether high-quality after-school programs operating in high-poverty communities improve the academic, social, and behavioral outcomes of participating students.

What did the study authors report?

The study reported higher standardized math test scores and better behavioral outcomes for students who regularly participated in high-quality after-school programs than for students who spent substantial after-school time without adult supervision.


Vandell, D. L., Reisner, E. R., & Pierce, K. M. (2007). Outcomes linked to high-quality afterschool programs: Longitudinal findings from the study of promising afterschool programs. University of California, Irvine and Policy Studies Associates, Inc.

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