Evaluation Plan for Arkansas School of the 21st Century Program

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Program Evaluation Plan for Arkansas School of the 21st Century Program CUR732 University of Phoenix Program Evaluation Plan for Arkansas School of the 21st Century Program Background The Paragould School of the 21st Century was the first site implementing the Zigler model in August 1992. Startup funds were initially provided by Paragould businesses to renovate an older elementary campus. The district has grown from the Elmwood campus of seven classrooms infants – four year olds to opening the Oakwood building housing 5 additional classrooms. S21C is an integral part of the Paragould School District. By August, 2013, seven preschool classrooms will join kindergarten and first grade students at the new Paragould Primary building…show more content…
The breadth or narrowness of goals espoused by 21st Century programs (and how well these goals align with centers’ activities) is likely to exert a strong influence on the types of effects achieved by individual centers and the program as a whole. While programs can produce a range of unintended results, it is reasonable to assume that programs will effect changes in the specific outcomes they seek to influence, rather than those they see as outside their mission or current capability (Jason, 2008). For example, programs that concentrate on improving reading achievement and exclude areas of creative expression may see some improvements in achievement, but they are unlikely to show very many other intermediate or long-term effects (for example, higher aspirations). Importantly, this implies that after-school programs more closely approximating the broad mix of emphases defining the 21st Century “intended program” are likely to exhibit impacts across a broader range of outcomes (Bryant, Clifford, Early, & Little, 2005). Current State of the Program Pre-K is developing in Arkansas as a grand experiment for public-private education. Arkansas Pre-K today is inside and outside of K-12 schools, inside public schools, institutions and centers, as well as inside private ones. For example, at the beginning of 2006, 48

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