Date of Award

3-2012

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Department

College of Education

First Advisor

Valerie A. Storey

Second Advisor

Adam Kosnitzky

Third Advisor

Katye M. Monroe

Abstract

The past decade has seen an increase in the interest in after school programs, especially in urban communities throughout the United States. Community leaders, educational officials, and parents have identified after school programs as one solution to children's unsupervised hours between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Although such school-based programs suggest the transformation of schools into babysitting agencies, research supports the usefulness of structured after school programs in improvement of student achievement especially for socioeconomically deprived, at-risk children. In addition, many after school programs have been designed to reduce violence, crime by youth, and drug use in the community. The focus of this dissertation was the Paterson, New Jersey School District's Supplemental Educational Services (SES) program, supervised by the author. This case study examined students' attendance in an after school program and their academic achievement as measured by standardized tests by individual student, by school attended, and by clusters of schools. The purpose of the study was to try to determine if program attendance and test scores were related. Results supported a positive relationship, and the quality of the program was assessed as high.

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