Common measurement serves as the foundation for the Boston Summer Learning Community. Participating sites implement a common suite of program quality measurement tools – an independent third-party observation and a common student survey. Also, sites track student attendance consistently using a common database.
This data allows individual programs to identify strengths and areas needing improvement, and also enables citywide leaders to examine how summer programs across Boston collectively perform against research-based benchmarks. This focus on access and quality enables the Summer Learning Community to pursue continuous improvement together – both at the individual program level and citywide system level.
In summer 2015, the Boston Summer Learning Community comprised 40 organizations operating 79 sites, serving over 5,600 youth. In October 2015, sites gathered to debrief their individual program results (PRISM) and collective data results across these 79 participating sites to inform planning for the ensuing summer. This data was collected through the implementation of common measurement tools.
In summer 2014, the Boston Summer Learning Community comprised 30 organizations operating 58 sites, serving over 3,500 youth. Sites gathered to debrief their individual program results (PRISM) and collective data results across the participating 58 sites.