School's Out: Policy Implications of Quality Accountability and Assessment in Afterschool Programs
Research during the last decade provides evidence that high-quality afterschool and youth development programs can positively influence a range of child and youth outcomes, including academic, social, and emotional behaviors and development.
The success of afterschool programs, however, rests largely with their quality. Join us for a look at approaches to quality improvement, assessment, and accountability in afterschool programs in states and local communities around the country and the implications for policy.
In this webinar, panelists will highlight Prime Time, a nonprofit intermediary of community stakeholders in Palm Beach County aiming to enhance the quality of afterschool programs through a county-wide Quality Improvement System (QIS). This system provides a case study of what is referred to as a "lower-stakes" accountability model, in which the focus is less on periodic ratings of quality and more on continuous quality improvement. Panelists will discuss what is meant by "high-stakes" and "low-stakes" accountability and describe the development and implementation of the QIS by Prime Time.
* Tabitha Grossman, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Division, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
* Charles Smith, Executive Director, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and Vice President of Research, The Forum for Youth Investment
* Julie Spielberger, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
* Moderator: Patrick Boyle, editor, Youth Today