Test Scores on the Rise and Library Growth Skyrocketing at Indiana Elementary School

Morgan Elementary School, Palmyra, Indiana (IN)


DETAILS: School Profile: 514 students in grades K-5; Demographics: Rural, Title I, Free/reduced lunch: 46%, Mobility: 16%; Race/Ethnicity: Black/African American: 2%, Hispanic/Latino: 1%, White: 93%, Other: 4%; Measure: Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP+); Duration: 2002-2005.

RESULTS: At Morgan Elementary, after implementing Accelerated Math and MathFacts in a Flash in 2001, 3rd-grade math scores grew 26 percentage points from 64% of students meeting standards in 2002 to 90% in 2006. Fourth graders were added to ISTEP+ testing in 2005 and saw a 7% boost from 84% passing math in 2005 to 91% in 2006. In addition, 3rd-grade scores in reading made a 29 percentage point increase, and there has been a phenomenal over-600% increase in library numbers from 31,770 books checked out during the 2003 school year to 243,871 books in circulation during 2005-2006.

REPORTING EDUCATORS: Lance Richards, principal; Mischelle Ferrell, teacher; Kathy Crimans, librarian.

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