Quality Assessment Tools

Why Quality Summer Programs Last at Least One Month

Educators often ask why we recommend that summer learning programs last at least one month. This suggestion is one of the six signs of a great summer learning program and is featured in our latest video, Summer Learning – An Inspiring Alternative to Summer School. Here are five reasons why duration matters:

Quick CASP Crosswalk

This brief describes how well the Quick CASP addresses each of the Quality Standards, using an approach similar to A Crosswalk Between the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning and Program Quality Assessment Tools.

Summer Matters – How Summer Learning Strengthens Students’ Success

This study describes how summer learning programs that provide high quality, engaging enrichment activities are a promising solution to this challenge and can help to narrow our unacceptable achievement gap.

Quality Outcomes Study for Seattle Public Schools Summer Programs

A new study shows a clear link between the quality of summer learning programs and the academic outcomes they produce. The study was funded by the Raikes Foundation and done in partnership with Seattle Public Schools, the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, and School’s Out Washington.

Blast off to the 2016 Summer Matters Leadership Conference

This FREE conference will give you the opportunity to redefine summer with activities that are meaningful, support mastery and expand horizons. The goal of the conference is to provide tools and resources empowering you to deliver the highest quality program possible.

Quick Reference Guide for Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs (CASP)

This reference guide is designed to help you understand CASP terminology. It includes definitions of key terms used in CASP. Download this reference guide to have on hand when reviewing CASP materials

Quality Improvement Cycle

Improving our summer learning programs requires a commitment to continuous improvement of operations, curriculum, staff and advocacy/outreach. To meet quality improvement goals, you can leverage the Quality Improvement Cycle shown below.