Average ITBS Reading Scores at a Harlem Elementary School Rise 5 Percentiles Per Year

Saint Paul School (St. Paul), New York, New York (NY)


DETAILS: School Profile: 270 students in grades Pre-K-8; Demographics: Inner city, urban; Race/Ethnicity: Black/African American: 57%, Hispanic/Latino: 43%; Measure: Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS); Duration: 2001-2003.

RESULTS: With the financial support of William Ruane, a well-known philanthropist in New York City, Saint Paul School began implementing Accelerated Reader in 2001. This included hiring a reading specialist and hosting an on-site training seminar for teachers on Accelerated Reader best classroom practices. During the 3 years of Accelerated Reader implementation, the school experienced consistent and steady growth in academic achievement. From 2001 to 2003, students in grades 2 through 7 gained an average of 10 percentiles on the reading portion of the ITBS, and library circulation quadrupled. During the 2002-2003 school year, each student read an average of 158 books.

REPORTING EDUCATORS: Agnes Sayaman, principal; Emily Severance, reading specialist.

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