Office of Shared Accountability Reports

Evaluation of the Extended Learning Opportunities—Summer Title I Enrichment Program (ELO STEP) in 2019


The Extended Learning Opportunities—Summer Title I Enrichment Program (ELO STEP) in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) provides traditionally underrepresented students with a curriculum heavily focused on mathematics and science. The 2019 program was available to rising Grade 3, 4, and 5 students from Title I schools, and provided free breakfast, lunch, and transportation to and from schools.  This study assessed the implementation of 2019 ELO STEP based on the feedback provided by participating teachers, parents, and students. Then, it examined the differences in mathematics performance of students who participated in the program versus those who were eligible to attend but did not participate.


  • Continue using Lego WeDo 2.0 and other engaging science and math related activities. Also, ensure that the Lego WeDo 2.0 and other activities have adequate allocated time for students to work.
  • Consider allocating more recess time for students and planning time for teachers.
  • Examine ways to increase or improve food options to students
  • Ensure that all the materials needed for instruction are complete and delivered to teachers on time.
  • Increase outreach efforts to increase the number of ELO STEP participants.
  • Consider adopting or creating a pre- and post-assessment that measures student performance in science or mastery of relevant skills, such as critical thinking.

File Name: 2019 ELO STEP Report.pdf (1.8MB PDF)