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Service learning* includes a myriad of activities that are currently being implemented at all levels within school settings. But while thousands of service-learning projects involve over one million K-12 students nationwide, measurement alternatives for assessing their impact on students and programs are sparse. The purpose of this document is to try to outline some approaches that might be used in examining the effectiveness of service-learning activities. Effectiveness can include cognitive, behavioral, or affective measures. In addition, effectiveness can be measured for students, classes, or programs. Each of these areas of measurement and units being examined could potentially be measured by different assessments and a program will often include multiple assessments serving multiple functions.

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