Each grantee must undergo a periodic evaluation to assess its progress toward achieving its goal of providing high-quality opportunities for academic enrichment. The evaluation must be based on the factors included in the measures of effectiveness. The results of the evaluation must be made available to the public upon request and be used to refine, improve, and strengthen the program and to refine the performance measures. Local grantees, working with the ISBE Wellness Department, must evaluate the academic progress of children participating in the Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC program. A template for local evaluations, which is designed to align with the Statewide Evaluation, can be found below. Local evaluations for all cohorts are due January 15, 2024.
States must conduct a comprehensive evaluation (directly or through a grant or contract) of the effectiveness of programs and activities provided with Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC funds. States are required to describe the performance indicators and performance measures they will use to evaluate local programs in their applications to U.S. Department of Ed. States must also monitor the periodic evaluations of local programs and must disseminate the results of these evaluations to the public. These results can be found below.