What is the Impact of CASA (Children's After School Achievement) on Student Achievement?

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Dr. Laura Pardo, Hope College

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This research was supported by the Carl Frost Center for Social Science Research.


This project researched the effectiveness of CASA on elementary student’s academic achievement. CASA is an after school tutoring program for at risk elementary students in the Holland area. Tutors are Hope students who volunteer their time and come from a variety of majors. CASA’s stated outcomes are for CASA students to: maintain a high rate of attendance, receive high performance scores on daily work, improve annual reading test scores, move up to the next grade in school, do better in school, and graduate from high school. Data collected and analyzed included: attendance records, student’s pre and post reading level scores, teacher surveys, parent surveys, tutor focus groups, standardized test scores, and demographic data from the Holland Public Schools. Early analysis indicates that both teachers and mentors value the mentoring relationship because it provides stability and one-on-one guidance. Additional evidence suggests CASA students maintain high attendance and improve their annual reading test scores. Research is still under way and further conclusions are yet to be determined.

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