What Matters, What Works

What Matters, What Works

The role of afterschool programs is changing, as public and private funders increasingly support efforts to use afterschool time to complement learning and improve student achievement. In 1999, the James Irvine Foundation launched Communities Organizing Resources to Advance Learning (CORAL), an eight-year, $58 million initiative to improve the educational performance of low-achieving students in five California cities. What Matters, What Works, (24 pages, PDF), a report from Public/Private Ventures, presents key findings from the initiative, including the fact that children's reading success is strongly related to the quality of literacy programs and that a higher level of engagement in afterschool programs results in positive changes in children's attitudes toward reading as well as their behavior in school.