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Big leap for literacy in schools

Alison DeNisco
July, 2016
Writer in the making? A student from Walker Elementary School, part of West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, is in the zone. Teachers in the district confer with each student to set individual literacy goals.

Literacy changes taking hold in schools recognize the subject’s expansion from traditional textbooks to online readings, images and audio. New learning standards ask students to read more closely and write more analytically, meaning teachers must adapt curriculum to get students reading earlier.

Nation’s Report Card scores drop again

Alison DeNisco
June, 2016
High achievers did significantly better in reading while staying stagnant in math, according to the Nation’s Report Card. (Click to enlarge)

From 2013 to 2015, reading scores dipped from 288 to 287, out of 500 total. Math scores also went down a point, from 153 to 152, out of 300. The lowest-performing students showed the biggest drop.

More digital choices lead to more reading

District Administration Custom Publishing Group
June, 2016
Through e-content provider OverDrive, Texas district sees major upswing in books read

Increasing the use of digital library content was one of the goals outlined in the North East Independent School District’s (ISD) instructional improvement plan starting in the 2013-14 school year. The San Antonio district, which enrolls 68,000 students, had many eBooks and digital audiobooks, but most students were simply not using the content.

From rags to riches, new Texas chief brings transformation

Angela Pascopella
April, 2016
Mesquite ISD Superintendent David Vroonland says he has worked to give teachers more autonomy.

Mesquite ISD Superintendent David Vroonland says his own atypical childhood has driven his focus on teachers and improving the culture for students in need.

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