For administrators taking on the challenge of turning around failing schools, developing a strategic focus for improvement efforts is crucial. In one year, Stringfellow Elementary in Colquitt County Schools in Georgia went from one of the state’s lowest performing campuses to becoming one of the district’s most improved and highest scoring elementary schools.Seven steps Stringfellow took to turn around a failing school:
- Carefully select the curriculum Analyze data to determine what fits the school’s needs. Stringfellow vetted lots of curriculum choices and software programs before deciding on a reading curriculum Istation’s computer-adaptive instruction.
- Schedule support Match the master schedule with the demands of the curriculum; the same goes for the educational technology. Istation provides adaptive curriculum with flexible teaching resources and a scope and sequence that supports intervention, development, and enrichment.
- Ensure fidelity of instruction Doing anything with fidelity will improve student outcomes. Istation’s reports and teacher support helps drive fidelity, measure progress, and track usage.
- Implement benchmarks Paint a clear picture for the future and how the year is going with benchmarks. Providing direction prior to standardized test time, Istation’s priority reports pinpoints where intervention is needed and groups students requiring small-group instruction.
- Analyze data Don’t stop with just conducting benchmark assessments. The real-time data compiled by Istation’s personalized data profiles can be fully analyzed to drive instructional decisions.
- Provide intervention Istation was a very important aspect of Stringfellow’s intervention process. The school filled every available computer on the campus with students, five days a week for thirty minutes at a time to provide the best possible intervention.
- Inspect the expected Monitor, monitor, monitor. Encouragement and motivation are key while planning observations during critical times throughout the year.
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