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ExpandED Schools (formerlyTASC) set the bar for after-school program accountability in New York by implementing an assessment tool to monitor program quality and performance; setting requirements for student attendance; and working with evaluators to determine its impact.

Program Quality Standards

ExpandED Schools uses the New York State Afterschool Network (NYSAN) self-assessment tool to evaluate programs in nine areas:

  • An environment that ensures the safety of all participants
  • Organized systems of administration (i.e. attendance, snack distribution,) and finance
  • Relationship-building between staff, youth, schools and families
  • Professional development for staff
  • A variety of activities offered
  • Links made to school day learning
  • Youth engaged in programming
  • Partnerships with schools, families and community organizations
  • Program has a plan for sustainability and growth

The NYSAN tool includes space to plan action steps, both immediate and long-term. Using these standards for accountability, ExpandED Schools is able to ensure that its funds go to quality programs.

Because of its efficiency, The NYSAN tool was adopted by the New York State Department of Education to gauge the quality of all the after-school programs it supports. After-school programs in Georgia, Nebraska and North Carolina also modeled their program monitoring system after NYSAN's.

Attendance Requirements

As a condition of funding, ExpandED Schools developed program attendance requirements for its sites. Elementary sites are required to maintain an average daily attendance of 70%, middle school sites need to average 60%, and high school sites must average 50%. Programs that fail to meet these benchmarks have their funding reduced the following semester. These stringent requirements give programs responsibility over daily attendance, and encourage them to operate programs that children and youth will want to attend.


ExpandED Schools contracted with the research firm Policy Studies Associates (PSA) to monitor the impact of its programs. Beginning in ExpandED Schools' first year of operation, researchers from PSA conducted a five-year longitudinal study of ExpandED Schools to document its implementation strategy, identify promising practices, and determine the impact of programming.

ExpandED Schools also has an internal research division which conducts observations and evaluations of ExpandED Schools programs. The department recently completed a project funded by the Cornerstones for Kids Foundation that identified organizational practices adopted by after-school program providers that lead to positive youth outcomes. A separate grant from the W.T. Grant Foundation will support the evaluation of the effectiveness of a new course, available for credit through ExpandED Schools' Center for After-School Excellence. The course will prepare after-school site coordinators and supervisors to coach and train their frontline staff.