Longview Elementary School Improves STAAR Math Scores by 19 Percent, is Recognized as Rock Star School


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Longview Elementary School Improves STAAR Math Scores by 19 Percent, is Recognized as Rock Star School

School recognized by Edmentum for outstanding achievement using Study Island program

Ned E. Williams Elementary is being recognized as a Rock Star School on December 10th, 2014, by Edmentum, a leading provider of online learning solutions. The school has dramatically increased its STAAR testing scores within the past two years, even earning recognition from the state for its impressive progress.  

Ned E. Williams Elementary, a majority-minority school where 90 percent of students are economically disadvantaged, began using Edmentum’s Study Island two years ago. In the past two years, STAAR reading scores have increased from 79 to 90 percent passing and science scores have jumped from 69 to 75 percent. Math score improvement has been the most impressive, showing a 19 percent increase from 76 to 95 percent passing. These test results confirm the effectiveness of the strategies in place at Ned E. Williams.

The school utilizes Study Island, a standards mastery program, in a small-group blended learning format, which helps teachers to differentiate instruction and spend more time working one-on-one with students who may be struggling. The school has also established their own “Quiz Bowl” using STAAR-aligned questions from the Study Island program.

“At Ned E. Williams Elementary School, we have challenging programs that enable our students to become independent learners who are capable of high levels of achievement, and [we have] effective teachers,” said Principal Cynthia Wise. “The faculty, staff, community, and principal work together to achieve a positive school climate and emanate the characteristics described above so that the benefits will be afforded to all. I highly recommend that you use Study Island; the results will be evident and significant.”

 Edmentum’s Rock Star School program recognizes outstanding schools and their inventive and effective uses of Edmentum learning solutions. The Rock Star School Award presentation will occur at 9 a.m. on Dec. 10, 2014, at Ned E. Williams Elementary, 5230 Estes Parkway, Longview Texas. For more details on the success at Ned E. Williams Elementary, read their success story on edmentum.com. 


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