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Document Number: 5363

The Effectiveness of Out-of-school-time Strategies in Assisting Low-achieving Students in Reading and Mathematics: A Research Synthesis - This report is a synthesis of research findings on effective out-of-school-time (OST) strategies to assist low-achieving students in reading and mathematics. Key findings of this study are: (1) OST strategies can have positive effects on the achievement of low-achieving or at-risk students in reading and mathematics; (2) whether an OST program is delivered after or summer school) does not influence its effectiveness; (3) younger students to benefit from OST strategies for improving reading, while older students may benefit more from OST strategies to improve math; (4) strategies do not need to focus only academic activities to have positive effects on student achievement; and (5) OST strategies that provide one-on-one tutoring for low-achieving or at-risk students have strong positive effects on student achievement in reading. (Patricia A. Lauer, Motoko Akiba, Stephanie B. Wilkerson, Helen S. Apthorp, David Snow and Mya Martin-Glenn, Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning, January 2004)...

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