WINGS Study Receives $2.8 Million from U.S. Department of Education

We're bursting at the seams around WINGS to release this news to the masses! The Institute for Education Sciences—the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education—announced they will award University of Virginia's Curry School of Education a $2.8 million grant to conduct a study of the impact of our program. Read the Post & Courier article here.

The evaluation will consist of a randomized control trial—the gold standard of evaluations—and will be conducted over a four-year period at WINGS, beginning in 2012.

Very few non-profits undergo this level of evaluation, which means no scientific evidence exists to prove their organizations are delivering on their projected outcomes. This impact study will measure our outcomes and has long been planned as the final step in a calculated five-year flight plan for our program.

If you read our newsletter each month, you probably have a hunch we're into data. We crunch numbers, assess our kids progress toward our outcomes, and we're our own toughest critic when it comes to making sure we're delivering on what we promise. For years we've had our sights set on an impact evaluation to take place in 2012, which will measure our outcomes in even more detail and ensure we're ready for our expansion plans. This news helps us start our school year on a very high note, as it means we'll have the brightest minds and best resources behind our study when that day arrives (August 2012).

The impact study will be led by David Grissmer, Principal Research Scientist at University of Virginia's Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, with the College of Charleston serving as an integral collaborating partner. Grissmer's education research and presentations have been funded by the White House Office of Science and Technology, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The Ford Foundation to name a few.

We're on cloud 9 with this news and all inside indicators point towards a positive evaluation that shows WINGS truly changes kid's lives.

"A problem is a chance for you to do your best."

— Duke Ellington

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