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21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant Program
(Federally funded through NCLB Title IVB - Fund Code 647)

Survey of Academic Youth Outcomes
SAYO Evaluation System

The Survey of Academic Youth Outcomes (SAYO) Evaluation System captures changes in youth that are associated with participation in a high-quality academic enrichment programs and likely to occur over a one-year period.

Dr. Beth M. Miller and Wendy B. Surr of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time worked with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education over a three-year period to develop the SAYO Evaluation System. Results from two rounds of field-testing with over 5,000 students indicate that SAYO Evaluation System. Results from two rounds of field-testing with over 5,000 students indicate that the SAYO is a valid and reliable instrument for measuring change in youth. The system exceeded scientifically accepted levels for both boys and girls at early elementary, later elementary, and middle school ages. In addition, programs results indicated statistically significant, positive changes in most outcome areas.

What is the SAYO System-and how does it work?

The SAYO Evaluation System uses brief pre-participation and post-participation surveys to collect data from regular education teachers and 21st CCLC program staff. The SAYO System is based on a "menu" approach, in which programs collect data on those outcomes that are aligned with their goals and program practices.

Teacher Version: (SAYO-T)
  • Behavior in the Classroom
  • Initiative
  • Engagement in Learning
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Homework/Academic Support
  • Relations with Adults
  • Academic Performance across content areas
21st CCLC Program Staff Version: (SAYO-S)
  • Behavior in the Program
  • Initiative
  • Engagement in Learning
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Learning Skills
  • Relations with Adults
  • Relations with Peers
  • Homework/Academic Support

Each outcome area is measured by asking teachers and staff to respond to four or five questions related to observable youth behaviors. These items have been extensively tested and found to work as a single scale that effectively captures the outcome being measured. Teacher and/or staff responses to these surveys can be completed for all participating youth or for a sample of youth in a program.

The SAYO Evaluation System was primarily designed as a program assessment tool and looks at changes in students linked to their program participation. The SAYO is not designed as an individual youth assessment tool.



Last Updated: May 16, 2013
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