After the Bell: Enhanced Out-of-School Engagement for Texas Students

Chandra Villanueva

As students head back to school it’s important to keep in mind the significant role structured high-quality out-of-school time plays in student well-being. Most risky adolescent behavior occurs between 3:00pm and 6:00pm and right now 26 percent of Texas students are taking care of themselves after school. Creating additional learning spaces outside the regular school day benefits economically disadvantaged students by promoting safety and enhancing student learning. High-quality out-of-school programs lead to higher levels of student engagement, increased academic performance, and has a positive effect on standardized test scores.

The 2013 Texas Legislature passed two bills aimed at creating enhanced engagement opportunities for Texas students during after-school hours and over the summer break, but there is still more work to be done.

Read Chandra and Eric’s policy page for more information.

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