The staff and students of Pettus Elementary 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, resulting in measurable improvements in student performance throughout the entire school over an extended period of time.
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. The findings show that students who are able to comprehend chapter books by the time they leave second grade are typically the same students who get commended on their TAKS tests when they are older.
“One of the main reasons our students are so successful with their reading and comprehension is that Pettus Elementary incorporates an intensive phonics program that includes regular periodic monitoring to gauge success,” Teresa Schauer, district librarian, said. “Direct instruction in phonics begins in Pre-K and continues until all of the phonics skills are mastered.”
Since the beginning of this school year, the 162 students in grades K-5 have passed quizzes over 13,191 books and have an average percent correct score of 91 percent, Schauer said. Research shows that students who demonstrate comprehension of what they’re reading, with high quiz scores, demonstrate almost three times the amount of growth in their reading ability, than students who read the same amount of books, with lower average percent correct scores.