Our past Annual Reports are in an easy-to-read format and are packed with stories about the success of our program.
SHARP students in grades K5–5 build their vocabulary skills through the visual arts. As a means of evaluating the results, pre- and post- vocabulary assessments are conducted each year across all grade levels. The vocabulary assessments were related to the following themes:
K4 : Science – Living Things
K5 : Science – Plants
Grade 1: Science – Bees
Grade 2: Science – Great Lakes
Grade 3: Social Studies – Urban Agriculture
Grade 4: Social Studies – Wisconsin
Grade 5: Social Studies – Building a Nation
An additional analysis of students matching the Control Group pre assessment resulted in SHARP program students generating performance gains which were 2 ½ times greater than comparable students in the Control Group.
A formal study conducted by Applied Measurement and Evaluations Services in 2003 concluded that students in the SHARP program read and write 40%-70% better than students who do not participate in the program. Keenan Grenell, Ph.D. of the Grenell Group, LLC, made his report available in June 2011. The reports are below: