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:
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
Of the individual 4,966 student records this year with both pre and post assessment results, a total of 1,673 (34%) had an increase of 40 percentage points or more from their pre to post assessment – as a percentage of the maximum score possible, across all grades.
The average increase was 29 percentage points. Over the last four years (2011 to 2014-15), across 16,700 individual rec-ords, the average gain (percentage points) has risen from the pre to post assessment has risen from 25 to 29 percent-age points, which is noteworthy.
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: