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 four more grants, serving a total of eleven (11) 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 found that when a student attends academic-based, out-of-school programming for 30 days or more, students demonstrate better in school attendance, better grades and lower rates of discipline incidents. These students are known as "regular attendees." Additionally, nationwide statistics show in school districts with 21st CCLC programs, communities will see a 30% reduction in juvenile crime in the out of school hours of 2-5PM.
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.
Most Important Points:
- Regular attendees demonstrated a higher proficiency rate than occasional attendees in Reading and Mathematics on Iowa Assessments in 2017-18. The percent of elementary regular attendees proficient in Reading also increased from last year.
- Regular attendees at the middle school level made more than the average expected growth from 7th to 8th grade in Reading. In Mathematics, regular attendees demonstrated more than the average expected growth from 6th to 7th grade and from 10th to 11th grade.
- When examining grades, 45% of all regular attendees needing improvement in Mathematics did demonstrate improvement. Additionally, 63% of all regular attendees needing improvement in English demonstrated improved grades from fall to spring.
- Regular attendees at all levels also demonstrated higher attendance rates than the K-12 average daily attendance rate statewide.
- Regular attendees at all levels had fewer disciplinary incidents on average than occasional attendees in 2017-18.
- The percent of high school regular attendees graduating with their 4-year cohort increased from 65% in 2016-17 to 87% in 2017-18.
- Data provided by the Council Bluffs Police Department demonstrates a 51% decrease in juvenile arrests during the after school hours of 2-5PM since the first 21st CCLC CB award, 2014.