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WINGS for kids

WINGS for kids

WINGS monitors outcomes such as attendance and classroom behavior in elementary school on the hypothesis that improvements will lead to deeper engagement in middle school, better academic outcomes, graduation from high school, and avoidance of risky behaviors. Internally tracked data has shown:

  • 87% of WINGS kids received average or higher classroom "behavior" grades.
  • 96% of WINGS students attended school at least 90% of the time.
  • Graduation rate of WINGS' first cohort was 40% higher than the comparison group at the same school.

Within EMCF’s framework for assessing an organization’s evidence of effectiveness, WINGS meets the standard of “high apparent effectiveness.”  

WINGS is undertaking a randomized controlled trial (RCT) conducted by Dr. David W. Grissmer, a nationally recognized researcher at the University of Virginia, to assess the program's impact on academic performance and behavior. Pending positive findings, the evaluation will raise the program’s level of evidence from high apparent to proven.

The EMCF Social Innovation Fund award that WINGS received in 2013 enabled WINGS to extend the study and follow children for two more years. EMCF's investment also supported a robust implementation study that Child Trends is conducting. The final evaluation report, combining impact and implementation findings, will be released in spring 2017.