One of El Viento's differentiating factors is that an independent program evaluation is conducted annually in order to both assess the effectiveness of our programs and make adjustments where needed. Here are major findings from our evaluations.
Annual Program Evaluation 2009/2010
- In a comparison of grade point average, El Viento students outperformed their Oak View counterparts in all high school grades.
- The margin of difference was largest in the 10th grade, Flight 5, which had a .94 grade point advantage over their Oak View counterparts - almost one full letter grade difference.
- Click here for the 2009-10 Academic Year El Viento Program Evaluation.
2009 El Viento Summer Program Report
- Many students reported that their personal confidence levels had increased as a result of participating in the activities offered by El Viento.
- Students indicated that the summer activities encouraged their school success by motivating them to do well so that they could stay in the program. As one Flight 10 student explained, "El Viento helped me in school because I knew if I wanted to get in I had to have good grades. So that's what kept me going to get good grades. Now I have A's and B's."
- Students reported that, through their experiences, they pushed themselves to new levels, overcoming fears and learning new skills, experiences which translate into larger life lessons.
- Click here for the 2009 El Viento Summer Program Report.
2008 Program Evaluation
- Both students and parents maintained very strong academic behaviors, attitudes and practices.
- El Viento high school students had statistically significant higher scores than their matched control group counterparts.
- In most cases, El Viento students maintained at least a .50 GPA point advantage over control group students in their respective grade.
- A much higher proportion of El Viento high school students were placed into higher proficiency rankings than their control group counterparts on the California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) exam.
- Parent and student focus group results revealed that El Viento participants saw themselves as much more prepared for higher education than the majority of their non-El Viento peers.
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2007 Program Evaluation
- El Viento students maintained an almost .5 point increase in GPA over matched control students in 10th and 12th grade.
- Overall, in High School, El Viento students had a significantly higher GPA than matched control students.
- Flight 8 students had overall better standardized test scores for English Language Arts and Mathematics than matched comparison groups of non-El Viento students.
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2006 Program Evaluation
- In grades 4 through 8 El Viento students had significantly higher math scores but not significantly higher English scores when compared with their matched contemporaries. Graphic data suggested that the gap between El Viento and the match comparison group begins to open up in 7th and 8th grade.
- In grades 9 through 11 there were no statistically significant differences in either English or Mathematics scores. However, these flights had no third grade baseline score to include in the analysis; their comparison group was selected much later and this late matching may have impacted the differences between the groups. So the extent of the gap between El Viento and the matched group remains unclear for the time being. Determining the true academic test score differences between El Viento and the matched group must await new information about high school performance as later flights reach the secondary level.
- GPA scores, on the other hand, suggested that El Viento students maintain a significant half-point advantage over the matched comparison group through the 11th grade.
- See the Program Evaluation Report for 2006 >>