The purpose of this professional paper is to understand the impact of after school programs (ASPs) on student achievement. More specifically, my research addresses what enables ASPs to produce positive outcomes for ASP participants. After reviewing several ASP studies and evaluations, I focus on the program outcomes and results of four particular studies and evaluations, and look in great detail at how the participants in these ASPs are affected or influenced by program participation. In looking at program effects and influences on student achievement, I identify common characteristics that contribute to successful program implementation. I also specify limitations in ASPs that can impede the success of the youth who participate in these programs. This guides my recommendations of certain techniques or practices that can help programs improve upon their effectiveness, and provide positive impacts on student achievement.
Impact of After School Programs on Student Achievement.
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
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