Percentage of Students Scoring At or Above Grade Level on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment Increases 43.5 Points

Sheridan Elementary School, St. Paul, Minnesota (MN)


DETAILS: School Profile: 304 students in grades K-6; Demographics: Inner City, Urban, Title I, Free/reduced lunch: 72.7%, English Language Learners: 38%; Race/Ethnicity: American Indian/Alaska Native: 2%, Asian/Pacific Islander: 25%, Black/African American: 28%, Hispanic/Latino: 13%, White: 32%; Measure: Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA); Duration: 1999-2003.

RESULTS: Sheridan Elementary began implementing Accelerated Reader in spring 2000. In fall 2002, funding from a comprehensive school reform grant enabled them to also adopt Accelerated Math and Accelerated Writer. Since spring 1999, the percentage of students in grades 3 and 5 scoring proficient in reading and math on the MCA increased an average of 43.5 points. Between August 2003 and March 2004, Sheridan students read more than 22,000 books. In addition, the school received the St. Paul Schools Superintendents Academic Award for continuous school improvement 5 years in a row on standardized tests. In Spring 2004, 10 educators achieved Renaissance Model Certification and the school attained Model School status in spring 2004.

REPORTING EDUCATOR: Nancy Mambi, librarian/Title I reading teacher.

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