Pettus High School English teacher Carol Cain has been awarded Reading Model Classroom by the Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.-based company. Model Classroom certification indicates that Mrs. Cain efforts to adopt Renaissance Best Classroom Practices to a high degree have resulted in measurable improvements in student performance regarding reading comprehension.
To receive Renaissance Model Classroom certification, an educator must demonstrate that their students are maintaining high-quality pleasure reading practice for a minimum of 12 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.
Mrs. Cain’s students have definitely demonstrated high-quality practice. Since the beginning of this school year, her 1st period class of 16 sophomores has passed quizzes over 88 books with a total word count of 4,986,560 and an average percent correct score of 93 percent. Reading almost 5 million words in a little over a semester is one thing, but the high level of comprehension demonstrated by their quiz scores is the magic that makes their reading practice even more valuable. When students understand what they are reading for pleasure, they begin to apply the deeper literary elements that are taught in their core English class.
Having a high school class achieve Model Classroom is a first for Pettus ISD. This group of sophomores began using Accelerated Reader when they were in the second grade and each year since then, district-wide implementation practices have improved. This class is proof positive that when implemented correctly, Accelerated Reader can be a great tool for building lovers of books. Since the year 2000, this group of students has passed quizzes over 2,708 books, amounting to 36,845,109 words. Their overall average percent correct score is 91 percent.
When asked about the benefits of using Accelerated Reader in her English classes, Mrs. Cain responded, “AR has helped my reluctant readers realize that reading can be fun. It is during AR time that they can read the books they enjoy.”
For more information about how Pettus ISD used Accelerated Reader, visit the Web site at: pettuslibrary.net.