Improving student achievement through choice

eschoolnews | January 18, 2019

Improving student achievement through choice
Exeter (CA) Unified School District is a small, rural district with approximately 2,800 students, 61 percent of whom are Hispanic and 62 percent of whom are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Approximately one in seven of our students are English language learners. When we looked at our reading and math scores a few years back, we found that we weren’t seeing the growth we were hoping to see. With a renewed focus on the basics of literacy and math, a technology infusion, and a dedication to dialogue over rote memorization, here’s how we helped our students find the success and achievement they deserve.Exeter is a standards-driven district, so when we decided to focus on literacy, we knew we weren’t going to adopt a publisher’s curriculum. Instead, we designed our own units of study and pulled in supplemental materials to align to our state’s standards. We brought in close-reading strategies, started an academic coaching program for teachers, and launched reading interventions and guided reading groups.

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Before classes start up again, parents and students will be doing some serious back-to-school shopping. It’s estimated that more than half of all school-related purchasing occurs in the summer and early fall. This intense period of interest in a wide range of products is a powerful opportunity for brands. How can marketers make the most of it? What should they expect to be different this year? And what will be the same?

Spotlight

Before classes start up again, parents and students will be doing some serious back-to-school shopping. It’s estimated that more than half of all school-related purchasing occurs in the summer and early fall. This intense period of interest in a wide range of products is a powerful opportunity for brands. How can marketers make the most of it? What should they expect to be different this year? And what will be the same?

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