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21st Century Community Learning Center (CLC): Self-Assessment for DPI Monitoring Visit

21st Century Community Learning Centers Self-Assessment

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has developed a self-assessment survey for grantees to use in determining the comprehensiveness of their Community Learning Centers. This self-assessment survey may also serve as a resource to other Community Learning Centers.

The purpose of Community Learning Centers Program is to create centers that:

  1. provide academic enrichment opportunities, including tutorial services to help students meet state and local performance standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and mathematics
  2. offer students a broad array of additional services and activities, such as youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, art, music and recreation programs, that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic programs
  3. offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

The purposes of this self-assessment are to help DPI CLC grantees and the DPI determine the extent to which those implementing the CLC program are:

  1. following the requirements of the CLC grant program
  2. utilizing key promising practices in implementing the CLC program
  3. achieving results consistent with the CLC program purpose.

Uses of the assessment results and related site visit findings

The results of the self-assessment will be used by the CLC grantee and DPI to identify:

  1. current strengths in the program
  2. areas for improvement
  3. areas for corrective action
  4. needs for technical assistance

Following completion, a single copy of the assessment is to be sent to DPI at least one week prior to a DPI site visit. The purpose of the site visit will be to verify the findings of the self-assessment. This will be done through talking with program leaders, reviewing evidence, and observing program facilities and activities. The self-assessment results and information collected through the site visit will be used to develop a summary report that will identify strengths, recommendations for improvement, and, if appropriate, areas for corrective action. If corrective action is needed, DPI will offer technical assistance to the grantee in developing a plan of action to address the corrections needed.

Instructions for completing the assessment:
This self-assessment is to be completed by a group of individuals knowledgeable about the CLC program at the specific site. This should include:

  1. the CLC site coordinator
  2. the principal or other school-level curriculum coordinator
  3. representative(s) of key community partner(s)
  4. one or more people who has administrative oversight over the CLC program in the school district

It may also include representative(s) of adult family members or others involved in the oversight of the CLC. This group should actively participate in developing a single summary assessment. This could be done by completing the form individually and then collectively completing a single assessment or by a group discussion that results in a single assessment. For each item provide a single rating by the group that best represents the current condition, along with notations regarding the evidence supporting that rating.

Organization of the assessment:
The assessment evaluates program implementation and outcomes in three areas:

  1. following the requirements of the CLC grant program
  2. utilizing key promising practices in implementing the CLC program
  3. achieving results consistent with the CLC program purpose
For questions about this information, contact Alison Wineberg (608) 267-3751