• From the Program Director

    21st Century Summary Report

    January 2024

    Executive Summary

    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 external evaluation and we provide the local evaluation, along with a one-page summary noting the program highlights from the evaluations. All of these documents are accessible using the links listed at the bottom of this page.

    Within the Council Bluffs CSD, there are over 9,000 students being served at eleven elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. Of these fifteen schools, there were eleven 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) sites in the 2022-2023 school year. This includes seven elementary schools, both middle schools and both high schools within the district. Programs funded by the 21st CCLC grants reached over 2,000 student participants throughout the summer and school year, with 1,294 of them attending 30 or more days to become a “Regular Attendee” participant.

    In regards to student participants eligible for free and/or reduced price lunch (FRPL), over half (63%) of program participants among all 21st CCLC cohorts were eligible for free and/or reduced price lunch, and of the regular attendees there was a similar FRPL percentage of 51%. Since one of the major priorities of the 21st CCLC funding is to reach students and families in need of support, this level of participation from students eligible for FRPL shows the programs are serving a population in need.

    Most Important Points: 

    Overall, key items discovered within the data of the 2022-2023 program year form our external evaluation and internal examination of information was completed include: 

    Teachers reported positive ratings for 94% of students in the area of level of engagement.  Positive engagement ratings were higher for Regular Attendees (94% improved or maintained) compared to Non Regular Attendees (88% improved or maintained). 

    When examining NWEA MAP scores, 74% of after school participants demonstrated fall to spring growth in English/ Language Arts, and 85% made fall to spring growth in Math. 77% of all after school participants with a prior years’ GPA of less than 3.0 improved their GPA.

    More than 60% of attendees with a prior year’s attendance rate lower than 90% last year improved their attendance this year.


    Local Evaluation