How do we know our programs work?
We evaluate the success of our programs each year using tools like standardized pre- and post-tests, surveys, and interviews. Our Spark Reading Program even has results from a Randomized Control Trial (RCT), which is the gold standard of evaluation. Check out the highlights below!
The Spark Reading Program (formerly CORP)
- Spark Classroom
- Regular Classroom
Spark students are learning twice as much as kids in regular classrooms.
Drop in Failure Rates
Failure rates in Spark schools typically drop by 30%.
I’ve been teaching for 16 years, and I can tell you that it used to take students up to two years to learn to read well. Now they reach the same level in three months.
The Textbook Program
More Class Time
With textbooks, program teachers have 25% more time to engage their students in questions, discussion, and critical thinking.
Have Renewed Their Books
96% of schools that have been active in the program for more than 5 years have renewed their books at least once through the revolving fund.
With the books, the class becomes more student-oriented. I’m not the only one who has the benefit of access to materials and information—now [my students] can verify what I say and challenge me.
The Computer Program
Study or Work After Graduating
95% of graduates find a job or continue their education in high school.
Say the Program Was Useful
98% of graduates say the program was useful in preparing them for what they do now.
I got really excited when I saw all of the laptops, because I had never touched one. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to study with computers. The computer will be a tool I can use to defend myself against any problems I face.
The Rise Program
Graduate from High School
Help Their Siblings Out of Poverty
53% of graduates are helping to pay for their younger siblings’ education.
The Rise Program gave me the opportunity to develop my potential. Limits only exist in your mind.
CoEd holds the highest possible rankings from nonprofit evaluators Guidestar and Great Nonprofits. In 2009-2010, we also underwent an extensive evaluation conducted by the Center for Sustainable Development. The evaluation reviewed our organizational structure as well as our programs and concluded that:
“COED’s work is consistently good, the programs are well-designed and focused, they’re designed to be sustainable, they show proof of impact, and their staff is very professional. COED is one of the two best organizations I’ve worked with in Guatemala—certainly in the top 5%.”
—Tim Magee, Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Development