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Math, ELA scores place Eastside Elementary at the top

Math StudentSeptember 20, 2022

 

In what has appeared to be a district-wide phenomenon, teachers and students have continued to lean on each other to continue growing academically, and Eastside Elementary is no exception to this trend.

 

After state scores were released in August, Eastside Elementary found its name at the top of fourth and fifth grade rankings.

 

Fourth grade math scores had Eastside ranked first in the state, with fifth grade math ranked third.

 

Scores for ELA placed Eastside in the top-10 with fourth grade ranked seventh and fifth grade placed eighth in the state.

 

Eastside principal Mandy Taylor said the foundational concept her teachers worked from is the idea of intentionality.

 

 “The teachers intentionally planned together to tightly align their curriculum that coupled high expectations and data-driven instruction to ensure that students obtained both academic achievement and social and emotional success,” Taylor said.

 

“At the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, we challenged our students to do something that no other fourth grade class at Eastside has done, and that was to be the top performers in the state,” math teacher Janna Travis said.

 

“As teachers, we gave ourselves the same challenge, which required us to work closely together, analyzing data that helped drive instruction, discussing standards and curriculum so we could ensure our students were learning and growing,” she added.

 

Fifth grade math teacher Christi Wall said the fifth-grade math teachers were intentionally working together while holding each other and their students accountable to a higher level of achievement.

 

“We were able to increase the rigor of our day-to-day teaching,” Wall said, “including more hands-on learning experiences in the classroom.”

 

Eastside’s ELA teachers worked in similar fashion, examining curriculum and best practices to ensure students met growth and achieved success.

 

“We mulled over the standards and data, trying to identify the weaknesses of our students,” fourth grade ELA teacher Stephanie Nervis said.

 

Nervis added that the teaching teams would split up the classes, sending the students to each other’s classrooms to help expose the students to differentiated methods of teaching.

 

“We provided extra practice and individualized instruction in an effort to meet the needs of each student,” Nervis said.

 

Fifth grade ELA teacher Whitney Johnson said her team joined forces in a similar fashion.

 

“We aligned instruction and assessments with the state’s ELA standards and examined skills that were mastered and identified skills that needed revisiting,” she said. “We were able to decipher the reasons why certain skills needed remediation and plan future instruction to meet the needs of all the students.”

 

Travis

Janna Travis—4th Grade Math

 

Wall

Christi Wall—5th Grade Math

 

Nervis

Stephanie Nervis—4th Grade ELA

 

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Whitney Johnson—5th Grade ELA