Performance Measure ED4A

Note: Information on this page is subject to change. Applicants should always refer to the performance measure instructions published with the NOFO. Grantees should refer to the performance measure instructions for the grant year in which they were funded.
Number of disadvantaged youth/mentor matches or children with special or exceptional needs/mentor matches that were sustained by the CNCS-supported program for at least the required time period.
Goal 1: Education: K-12 Success

Definition of Key Terms

Mentors are adults who provide CNCS-sustained support to children or youth through either community based programs or school based programs. Programs that involve peer to peer support should not be included in this measure- for those programs use Tutoring measures. For school-based mentorships, count mentees in those matches that are intended to be continuous, with the same mentor for one hour per week (or as age-appropriate for older mentees), for at least 6 months of one school year. For community-based mentorships, count mentees in those matches that are intended to be continuous, with the same mentor for two to three hours per week, for at least 12 months and up to 24 months. Mentoring relationships are ideally one mentor per child, but could be small group with a ratio of no more than 1:3.
Disadvantaged youth:"includes those youth who are economically disadvantaged and 1 or more of the following: (A) Who are out-of-school youth, including out-of-school youth who are unemployed. (B) Who are in or aging out of foster care. (C) Who have limited English proficiency. (D) Who are homeless or who have run away from home. (E) Who are at-risk to leave secondary school without a diploma. (F) Who are former juvenile offenders or at risk of delinquency. (G) Who are individuals with disabilities." (from SAA)  It is the grantee’s responsibility to ensure the beneficiaries of service meet the eligibility requirements provided in the definition.
Economically disadvantaged: eligible for free (at or below 130% of poverty) or reduced (between 130% to 185% of poverty) lunch; may or may not actually be accessing free/reduced lunch. See the National School Lunch Program website.
Children:  Individuals younger than 21 years of age.
Special or exceptional needs: Children who are developmentally disabled, such as those who are autistic, have cerebral palsy or epilepsy, are visually impaired, speech impaired, hearing impaired, orthopedically impaired, are emotionally disturbed or have a language disorder, specific learning disability, have multiple disabilities, other significant health impairment or have literacy needs. Children who are abused or neglected; in need of foster care; adjudicated youth; homeless youth; teenage parents; and children in need of protective intervention in their homes.

How to Calculate/ Measure/ Collect Data

Programs will count the number of qualifying mentor-mentee matches that were sustained over the course of the program. If the program model allows for “small group” mentoring instead of one-on-one matches, all participating mentees who remained in the group should be counted.


Applicants and grantees are encouraged to also track the number of children that enroll in early childhood education programs. Tracking your program’s retention and attrition rates is a good performance management practice.
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