The staff and students of the school have again been awarded Renaissance Master School Recertification in Reading by the Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., based company. Master School recertification indicates that the students and teachers of Pettus Elementary have successfully adopted Renaissance best practices to a high degree.
To achieve Renaissance Master School recertification, a school’s leadership must demonstrate that their students are maintaining high-quality practice for a minimum of 18 weeks. In addition, educators must be actively working with individual students to meet Renaissance recommended standards and be helping each student work at the level that promotes the most growth.
The results of an in-house action research project conducted over the past few years in Pettus show a direct correlation between student performance on the TAKS test and quality performance in AR.
Since the beginning of this school year, the 152 students in grades K-5 have passed quizzes over 13,540 books and have an average percent correct score of 92 percent.
When asked about how she feels about the Accelerated Reader program, Principal Cheryl Burris responded, “Our school is very pleased with the Accelerated Reader Program. Our teachers have worked hard over the last eight years to fine tune their implementation practices with the program.
“The key to our success is in the quality practices that are being implemented by our staff. Our students love the program and are provided 30 minutes during the school day to read. They are eager to progress through the various certification levels and enjoy watching the growth within themselves. It is not unusual for me to have visits from several students a day who have successfully reached their goals.
“I am very proud of our staff, students and parents who work to achieve this level of success.”