Every year the United States Department of Education is required to determine schools participating in Reading First who have made the greatest gain in student achievement.
The Storm Lake Community School District has received notification from the Iowa Department of Education that East/North Elementary Schools program has been identified as a Highly Successful Reading First School. This means East/North Elementarys are among the top 15 schools implementing Reading First Instructional strategies in the State of Iowa.
A Highly Successful Reading First School is identified by the following criteria:
* Building level efforts to increase the percentage of students proficient on various reading assessments.
* Analyses determining the percentage of students proficient on 44 indicators of success by the school.
Using only the results for the Basic Reading Inventory (BRI) and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), East/North Elementary was identified as a Highly Successful Reading First School.
"Congratulations on your continued efforts to improve reading achievement for all students grades K-3," said Judy Jeffrey, Director of Iowa Department of Education, in her letter to the Storm Lake Community School District.
"We know that this accomplishment is a reflection of your strong leadership, implementation of quality professional development, and commitment to improving the reading achievement of all students."
Superintendent Dr. Paul Tedesco attributed the success to the leadership, dedication, and giving of time and effort by the staff to the Storm Lake Community School District in pursuit of the goal to have all students reading at or above the proficiency level as measured on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
"The principals, Ed Rude and Juli Kwikkel, the Reading Strategist, Michelle Huntress, the teaching staff along with the support staff at East/North Elementary identified specific student needs and developed a plan to address the matter," Tedesco said. "Their efforts are being rewarded by the recognition of being a Highly Successful Reading First School."