Academically focused after-school, weekend, and summer programs (also known as out-of-school programs) can promote student achievement. The WWC recommends the following key features for effective out-of-school programs: the program should be aligned academically with the school curriculum, maximize student participation attendance, adapt instruction to individual and small-group needs, and provide engaging learning experiences for students. One example of an effective out-of-school program is the Elevate [Math] Summer Program for middle school students struggling with math, which improved students’ algebra readiness scores. Students participate in Elevate [Math] over a four-week period, receiving four hours of blended learning instruction a day focused on math content aligned with Common Core State Standards, and taught by trained, certified teachers.
The framework's recommendations are based on syntheses of existing research. Please see the framework report for a list of works cited.