Community-Word Project will reach over 2,600 kids in schools and libraries with critical art instruction in academic year 2016-2017. We measure the impact and the outcomes of our teaching with both quantitative and qualitative assessments of student attitudes, behavior, and academic writing samples. We are determined to continually optimize our programs.
Each student who participates in our in-school residencies completes narrative writing samples at the beginning and end of the program. Additionally, pre- and post-program, students assess themselves on a variety of measures of emotional and intellectual confidence and progress.
"I learned how to write well, how to use juicy words, and how to make my story better. I learned that a good writer goes over their story again and again until they make it better." - 3rd Grader, P.S. 132, Washington Heights
Our art programs achieve statistically significant gains in 5 student outcomes - critical thinking, creative thinking, literacy, emotional intelligence, and citizenship. Measures of literacy, emotional intelligence, and cultural awareness were consistent and reliable across multiple indicators.
The data demonstrates the effectiveness of our programs:
• Students' essay ratings gained an average of 6.6% between pre- and post-assessment. Students reported improvement in describing ideas with clear details, greater experimentation, better word choice, and clarity.
• Students also indicated improvements in reading skills.
• Classroom teachers and principals reported major improvements. 100% of principals agreed that our work supports Common Core curricular areas, critical thinking, improved student skills in analyzing texts, art, and citing specific evidence.
• Evaluation found the largest student gains in literacy and leadership and, within that overall measure, the greatest literacy gains in grades 6-8.
Our outcomes are consistent with the results reported in the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America's Future Through Creative Schools. which cites studies showing that arts education benefits reading and math skills, reduces dropout rates, and improves academic achievement.
Assessment protocols for academic year 2016-2017 will use a 10 point scale, allowing for greater visibility of change in student progress.
Analyzed surveys are from randomly drawn samples. Pre- and post-program writing samples are rated in a blind process. Data from the ratings and questionnaires are analyzed by an external expert.
Please contact Megan Morrison firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about our assessment protocols.
Terri GreyPrincipal, BHSWCA
Our work with CWP helped with our Quality Review. It was used as evidence to prove we were doing what we said we were going to do.