A Legacy of Blind Compassion

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An Occasional Paper by J. E. Stone October 15, 2004 Briefing Government mandated measures such as the No Child Left Behind Act and New York City’s program to retain failing third graders would be unnecessary if the grades contained in student report cards were accurate indicators of student progress. In practice, however, objective tests and remedial programs are needed because many teachers worry more about discouraging their pupils than providing an accurate report. They are motivated by a … Read More

2012 VAAA – South Side Elementary School

[custom_frame_left shadow=”on”][/custom_frame_left] Third Place, West Division, K-8/Middle Schools Neal Wright, Principal 29855 Highway 104, South Reagan, TN 38368 Henderson County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: The secret to our success at South Side Elementary School is willing students that are eager to learn and  a dedicated staff that strive to provide a positive, encouraging and productive environment that enhances learning.  Our staff works closely together to share new learning skills that will benefit our students.  Test scores are … Read More

Funnix Computer-Based Instruction that Produces Catch-Up Growth

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New: Implementation Grants for Schools Funnix Reading Instruction Funnix is a web-based reading instruction program that you can access with your computer.  The program contains a carefully sequenced series of small lessons based on the thoroughly researched Direct Instruction reading curriculum.  It is inexpensive, effective, requires no teaching experience and is accessible anywhere from any location in the world. Funnix was designed for use by parents, but can be used by classroom aides, trained volunteers, and teachers with up … Read More

Campaign for Grade Level Reading

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Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80 percent of low-income children miss this crucial milestone. Read more here.

2012 VAAA – Alton Elementary School

Third Place, West Division, Elementary Schools Barbara Beaver, Principal 2020 Alton Street Memphis, TN 38106 Memphis City Schools Visit website Reporting on the Award: WMC3 TV Recipe For Success: The entire staff of Alton Elementary School is extremely elated to be recognized by the Education Consumers Foundation for our value-added gains.  We know that so many of our colleagues around the country are working passionately to close the achievement gap and develop a student population that is educated and college ready.  … Read More

2012 VAAA – Fairview Marguerite Elementary School

[custom_frame_left shadow=”on”][/custom_frame_left] Second Place, East Division, Elementary Schools Suzanne Wampler, Principal 2125 Fairview Road Morristown, TN 37814 Hamblen County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: We at Fairview-Marguerite Elementary believe that each child is a unique personality who is to be respected, is capable of learning, can be trusted, and can be taught to assume responsibility.  As principal, I am extremely proud of the staff and students who worked hard to achieve this award.  The staff is committed … Read More

2012 VAAA – Lincoln Magnet Elementary School

Second Place, West Division, Elementary Schools Lynne Shuttleworth, Principal 425 Berry Street Jackson, TN 38301 Madison County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: As principal of an elementary school that serves a 96% minority population, I am extremely proud and honored to receive this award for the third consecutive year. My faculty has worked diligently with our students to help achieve and continue this growth. Positive relationships and high expectations from the entire staff continually support our student … Read More

2012 VAAA – Boones Creek Elementary School

First Place, East Division, Elementary Schools Teresa Leonard, Principal 348 Christian Church Rd. Gray, TN 37615 Washington County Schools Visit website Reporting on the Award: Johnson City Press Recipe For Success: The Recipe for Success at Boones Creek Elementary involves various aspects of the student academic program and learning environment. Boones Creek Elementary fosters the following practices in order to align the classroom curriculum: teachers prepare an individual Pupil Learning Plan (PLP) for every student in grades K-4 with … Read More

Readiness to Graduate from High School

Readiness to Graduate from High School is closely linked to 8th grade readiness for high school and readiness for the 8th grade is substantially predictable from reading and math skills at grade 4. Reading is especially important because it is the key to everything else.  According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress only 34% of 4th grade students are proficient in reading–it is a major bottleneck that stunts the educational progress of millions of students.  An estimated 70% of … Read More

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