AS21 Makes It Easier To Identify Gaps In Reporting

By Phillip Smith | Nov 4, 2022 4:15:00 PM

Identifying and fixing incorrect or missing program outcomes data in the Annual Performance Report (APR) process is easier for out-of-school-time (OST) programs and district administrators now, thanks to enhancements in AfterSchool21.

TransACT's AS21 software supports OST programs, funded by 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, at the state and local levels in submitting compliant data for their APR. The AS21 October software development release (effective Oct. 26) flags specific students with missing APR data and users have additional instructions for how to check that data. Previously, admin users had more time-consuming manual steps to conduct these checks and make updates.

Manual data collection for the 21APR is time-consuming because programs need to update their prior methods for data input as part of the new Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) reporting requirements. Programs have to submit additional performance data. However, the United States Department of Education (USDE) gives each state flexibility in how to report and track year-to-year changes in student performance metrics across six categories:

  • Math assessment scores
  • Reading/language arts assessment scores
  • Grade point average
  • School attendance
  • In-school suspensions
  • Student engagement in learning
AS21 allows subscribers to sort data in these categories by program or school district. 
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Best Practices for Community Engagement Across the Country

By Alyssa Thornley | May 31, 2021 9:20:49 AM

Out-of-school-time (OST) programs benefit from community support, and engaging with community partners is a critical part of any program's funding sustainability plan 

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What is GPRA and How Will it Affect My OST Program?

By Alyssa Thornley | May 25, 2021 10:30:00 AM

New government reporting mandates go into effect iJuly 2021, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC)-funded after-school and OST programs will be significantly impacted by the changes.  

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Mobile Friendly Sign-In and Sign-Out Capabilities with AfterSchool21

By Phillip Smith | May 20, 2021 9:42:21 AM

AfterSchool21 (AS21) keeps parents and out-of-school-time (OST) program staff safe while preserving the accuracy of attendance records with new user-friendly, mobile drop-off/sign-in and sign-out functionality.     

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How to Upgrade Your 21APR Reporting for Ease and Efficiency

By Phillip Smith | Feb 10, 2021 12:15:00 PM

After-school and out-of-school-time (OST) programs offer more than just childcare. Research consistently finds that they promote social skills, bolster students’ connection to school, increase school attendance, improve grades and academic achievement, and reduce problem behaviors. Better data enables these programs to improve student outcomes by focusing on services that offer the most value to participants. Many after-school programs rely on the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) program to fund their services. The grants this program funds require annual reporting that includes data on attendance, outcomes, academic achievement, participant demographics, and more. Use the easiest to use and most cost effective 21APR reporting software to meet federal grant requirements.

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