Iowa Fourth Graders See Big Gains on ITBS with Renaissance Reading, Math Programs

Hawthorne Elementary, Keokuk, Iowa (IA)


DETAILS: School Profile: 390 students in grades pre-K-5; Demographics: Rural, Title I, targeted assistance, Free/reduced lunch: 54%, Mobility: 7%; Race/Ethnicity: Asian/Pacific Islander: 3%, Black/African American: 8%, Hispanic/Latino: 1%, White: 88%; Measure: Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). Duration: 1998-2005.

RESULTS: At Hawthorne Elementary, since fully implementing Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, and MathFacts in a Flash, in tandem with Renaissance's research-based best practices, students scores on the ITBS have risen dramatically. Most notably, since fall of 2003, more than 90% of students have scored proficient in reading, and from 2001 to 2005 the percent of students proficient in math has grown 25.9%. As a result, Hawthorne Elementary welcomes visitors from the district and community and has become an example for implementations at other elementary schools.

REPORTING EDUCATOR: Sharon Kokemuller, principal.

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