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 1–5 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:
Grade 1: Science: The Life Cycle of Growing Things
Grade 2: Weather, Water, and the Environment
Grade 3: Our Community
Grade 4: Wisconsin
Grade 5: Building a Nation
SHARP administers pre- and post- assessments to all students across all grades. Students correctly identifying 4 or more new words is considered achieving at grade level and identifying 7 or more new words is considered achieving above grade level. On average between 53 and 86% of SHARP students increased their vocabulary by at least 4 words over the course of one year and between 27 and 75% of SHARP students increased their vocabulary by at least 7 words.
As part of the 2012-13 program assessment, SHARP administered post- assessments to a high performing non-SHARP school. For the top 30% of SHARP schools, between 68 and 87% of students in grades 3-5 achieved a perfect score on the post- vocabulary assessment. On average, these results are 15% higher than the non-SHARP school where an average of 59 to 64% of students achieved a perfect score.
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: