Monday, September 19, 2011

Success Stories: Columbine Elementary School

Across the country and during the past few years, ATI has witnessed data-verified student improvement among Galileo K-12 Online users. We have spoken with a variety of educators in districts and in individual schools who are achieving success. We wanted to learn more about their strategies and the challenges faced in making changes that led to improvements that can be documented through state-level test performance.

We interviewed the staff at Columbine Elementary School within the St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, Colorado, after discovering that the percent of students scoring at or above proficient on the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) increased 14 percentage points in math and 11 percentage points in reading/English language arts. This impressive growth is attributed to the hands-on approach to leadership by Columbine's Principal, Eddie Cloke.

Understanding the benefits of Galileo K-12 Online, and with District support, Mr. Cloke began spending instructional time with students and tracked their progress using the tools within Galileo. After gathering and reviewing the results of these efforts, Mr. Cloke states that the data revealed "huge, huge gains," in the students' learning. He shared the hands-on approach and results with his staff and they jumped on board. The school continues to see improvement in student scores.

To learn more about Columbine Elementary School’s success story, click here.

To read more stories of success, click here.

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