Year III Implementation of Outcome Measures For
Summer Learning Programs
Principal Investigator: Deborah Lowe Vandell
Researchers: Pilar O'Cadiz, Valerie Hall, Andrea Karsh
Funding: David and Lucile Packard Foundation
project provides the 10 Packard Summer Learning Communities a reliable and
robust set of outcome measures that are appropriate for the Summer Learning
Program. The project has five specific aims:
access to assessments of skill development and positive behavior of students in
grades 3-12 who are participants in Summer Learning programs that are part of
the Packard Summer Learning Communities in Summer 2013. These assessments will
be used to show changes in students’ skill development and positive behaviors
from the beginning of the summer program to the end. Programs will be able to
choose which scales from the battery of Online Toolbox measures they would like
technical assistance to summer learning programs in the use of the measurement
tools. Follow-up phone interviews with program staff will be used to assess the
effectiveness of this technical assistance.
participating programs with confidential reports summarizing their students’
performance in pre and post surveys administered at start of summer program
(June 2013) and at the end of the summer program (July-August 2013). For
programs that provide the student demographic data (gender, grade level,
ethnicity, ELL status, FRL status), program-level student outcome scores will
also be reported for these sub-groups of students.
programs with technical assistance in interpreting and using these scores to
guide program improvement and to serve as accountability data for funders.
Programs will be asked to provide feedback about the usefulness of the reports
so that the report format can be modified if needed.
the Packard Summer Learning Initiative collaborative with recommendations for
use of outcome measures in addressing the initiatives goals of improving the
quality of summer enrichment experiences and communicating the benefits of
these experiences to stakeholders.
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