Evidence of Impact

ECM’s evidence-based evaluation process relies on internal and external data collection and analysis designed to ensure continuous improvement in student engagement and student improvement in knowledge and skills identified in the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate as well as state and national standards. In addition to in-house assessment of both school-based and summer programs, an external evaluator, Dr. Janet Rose, provides regular reports on engagement and academic impact. Dr. Rose uses classroom observation, teacher surveys, principal surveys and partner surveys to collect both quantitative and qualitative data.

Recent ECM assessments found that: (1) CCSD student engagement during ECM programming increased by 65%, (2) 60% of students gained skills, techniques and knowledge, (3) 55% were more social, verbal and collaborative, (4) over 90% of teachers believed that Engaging Creative Minds programs had a positive effect on student engagement, (5) nearly all (99%) of CCSD teachers who participated believed the programs had a positive effect on students’ academic achievement, (6) over 95% of the teachers agreed that arts integration was effective for teaching standards-based instruction as well as differentiated instruction, and (7) compared with schools that did not participate in Engaging Creative Minds programming, participating schools made significant gains in ELA and writing achievement on PASS.

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