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  • FAST2 Year 2

    Evaluation:

    2015-2016

    December 15, 2016

    Shira Solomon, PhD

  • Table of Contents

    ©2016 SOLOMON EVALUATION LLC  FAST2 YEAR 2 EVALUATION REPORT TO FCPS

    Executive Summary................................................................................................................................ 1

    Introduction

    Student Population.......................................................................................................................................... 2

    Activities & Resources .................................................................................................................................... 3

    Program Logic Model ..................................................................................................................................... 5

    Evaluation Design & Methods

    Performance Objectives ................................................................................................................................. 7

    Evaluation Questions ...................................................................................................................................... 8

    Data Sources & Analyses .............................................................................................................................. 9

    Outcomes & Findings

    Student Impact

    Academic Progress ......................................................................................................................... 11

    Attendance ........................................................................................................................................ 12

    Health Insurance .............................................................................................................................. 13

    Participant Expectations & Experiences

    Student Satisfaction ....................................................................................................................... 14

    Family Satisfaction .......................................................................................................................... 17

    Family Involvement ........................................................................................................................ 18

    Family Outreach ............................................................................................................................... 20

    Teacher Input .................................................................................................................................... 20

    CBO Partner Perceptions .............................................................................................................. 22

    Conclusions ......................................................................................................................................................23

    Recommendations ................................................................................................................................25

  • ©2016 SOLOMON EVALUATION LLC  FAST2 YEAR 2 EVALUATION REPORT TO FCPS

    Appendix

    Population by Site & Setting .....................................................................................................................26

    Student Survey ................................................................................................................................................27

    Family Involvement Questionnaire ..........................................................................................................28

    Family End-of-Program Survey .................................................................................................................29

    Teacher Survey ................................................................................................................................................30

    CBO Partner Survey .......................................................................................................................................31

    Family Newsletter ...........................................................................................................................................32

    This report was funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant (award #165613-01)

    from the Maryland State Department of Education.

    Questions about the report may be directed to the author: [email protected]

    Nondiscrimination Statement:

    Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in

    educational programs or activities receiving federal funds and requires equal opportunity in

    admissions, athletics, counseling, access to courses, and employment policies regarding marital or

    parental status of students and treatment of students. All students and employees are covered by

    this law. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX should be directed to the FCPS

    Legal Services Office.

  • Executive Summary

    ©2016 SOLOMON EVALUATION LLC  FAST2 YEAR 2 EVALUATION REPORT TO FCPS

    FAST in FCPS

    In the 2015-2016 school year, Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) provided extended

    learning opportunities to 377 elementary, middle, and high school students through 21st

    Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grants from the Maryland State Department of

    Education. FCPS operated eight 21st CCLCs across three Fun Academics in the Summer Time

    (FAST) programs: FAST1, FAST2, and FAST+.

    FAST2, Year 2

    In its second of three program years, the FAST2 program served 116 students at Hillcrest,

    Lincoln, and Waverley Elementary Schools (HES, LES, and WES, respectively). Participating

    students were performing below grade level academically and belonged to low-income families.

    Together, these conditions put struggling students at risk for falling increasingly behind their

    peers academically and for disengaging from educational opportunities in their school and

    community. The FAST2 program was designed to intercept this trajectory.

    FAST2 offered students in Grades 3 through 5 a five-week, full-day summer experience that

    blended small-group academic instruction, enrichment, and youth development activities. All

    services were free, including bus transportation, breakfast and lunch, and supervised before- and

    after-program care.

    Program Performance

    The evaluation found that virtually all FAST2 students avoided summer learning loss in

    either reading or math, and two-thirds of them maintained or improved in both subjects.

    Attendance surpassed 80 percent, and the program met its objectives for student satisfaction,

    family satisfaction, and health insurance.

    Participant Experience

    Students perceived FAST2 as a safe and supportive environment and expressed great trust

    in the teachers and staff members. The program appeared to stimulate students’ interest in

    participating in the types of enrichment activities that were offered by community-based partner

    organizations. Families applauded the program’s frequent communications. They were pleased

    with the academic support their children received and felt that the program helped their

    children to like school more.

  • Introduction

    ©2016 SOLOMON EVALUATION LLC  FAST2 YEAR 2 EVALUATION REPORT TO FCPS

    Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) offers an array

    of out-of-school-time programs for students and

    families who need extra support. Since 2003, FCPS has

    served low-achieving students in high-poverty schools

    through a series of 21st Century Community Learning

    Center (CCLC) grants funded by the Maryland State

    Department of Education. In the 2015-2016 school

    year, FCPS used three such grants to administer the

    Fun Academics in the Summer Time (FAST) program.

    Together, the FAST1, FAST2, and FAST+ programs

    provided academic support, enrichment, and youth

    development to eight schools clustered by feeder

    pattern. All FAST programs ran for five weeks in the

    summer of 2016.1 The summer of 2016 marked the

    second of three program years for the FAST2 program,

    which served rising third through fifth grade students.

    Student selection was independent of students’

    previous participation or eligibility.2

    Student Population The FAST2 population was similar to that of the three

    participating schools. The program had a higher

    percentage of low-income students (95 percent in

    FAST2 compared to 86 percent at HES, LES, and WES

    combined) and a higher percentage of Hispanic or

    Latino students (61 percent compared to 55 percent). 3

    1 FAST+ also included an afterschool component at its middle school. 2 In the 2015-2016 school year, FCPS began flagging FAST participants in its student information system.

    However, flags do not indicate the years that students participated. 3 Data source: http://reportcard.msde.maryland.gov/Demographics

    Almost all FAST2 students were

    low income and nearly

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