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Table 1 Summary of undergraduate mentor and K-8 student participant assessments. Included in the table is the list of the assessment itself by participant level, as well as the intended goal and how the assessment was administered (therefore informing data collection)

From: NE STEM 4U: an out-of-school time academic program to improve achievement of socioeconomically disadvantaged youth in STEM areas

Undergraduate mentor assessments K-8 student assessments
Assessment Goal Administered Assessment Goal Administered
Self-reflection surveys For mentors to reflect upon the session to process gains and areas for improvement After every mentoring session Pre/post content-based assessment (questions are written using Bloom’s taxonomy) Determine gains in content knowledge after activity Before and after every lesson (i.e., daily)
Interviews Evaluate critical thinking, content knowledge, and personal gains 12 and 24 weeks after mentoring has begun of each year Long-term post-test assessments Evaluate long-term content knowledge gains After a minimum of 30 days after content delivery
Exit surveys Gauge retention in STEM fields and career preparedness Upon graduation or exiting the program Surveys Assess student interest in STEM fields At beginning and end of an 8-week session
Dimensions of Success (DoS) Assess program in 12 dimensions, including organization, materials, space utilization, participation, purposeful activities, engagement with STEM, inquiry, reflection, relationships, and youth voice By internal and external DoS-certified evaluators a minimum of 8 times per school per academic year Dimensions of Success (DoS) Assess program in 12 dimensions, including organization, materials, space utilization, participation, purposeful activities, engagement in STEM, inquiry, reflection, relationships, and youth voice By internal and external DoS-certified evaluators a minimum of 8 times per school per academic year