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|After-school programs under review|
Popular after-school programs in the parish will face new evaluation guidelines to determine effectiveness and eligibility to continue in the coming year.
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education recently adopted new standards for After School and Out of School programs. Franklin Parish has an active After School program which is part of the 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs.
These programs are offered at five schools across the parish and include students from the second to eighth grades.
While specific information on the new standards is sketchy at this time, they will be used to enforce a new grading system for any of several after school efforts designed to enhance student academic achievement.
Under the new guidelines, programs will be assessed and assigned to either of the following categories: fully approved, satisfactory, probation 1, probation 11 or removal. BESE officials say that a program which is not either fully approved or satisfactory for two consecutive years will lose its funding.
In Franklin Parish, after school programs are offered at schools in Baskin, Crowville, Fort Necessity, Gilbert and Winnsboro. Goals at these programs are to improve student social skills and improved academic learning. The BESE announcement on evaluation standards did not indicate how the standards would be measured.
Locally, each program site is managed by a site coordinator.
BESE reportedly asked for an evaluation of the state's after school programs specifically because of inadequate measurement systems.
Scores in academic effectiveness, customer satisfaction, compliance and service delivery will be used, according to BESE, to determine a program's performance standing.