Westside Elementary Students Blast Past Expectations on Reading Exam
In August, Westside Elementary educators received recognition from Hood River County School District at a district inservice day for all employees. Hispanic students from last year’s fifth-grade class at Westside Elementary more than doubled their reading scores on the statewide exam within two years, according to preliminary results from Hood River County School District.
“I’m super proud of our students, staff, school district and community,” says Bill Newton, principal at Westside Elementary. “It goes to show that if we focus on the right things, such as improving school attendance, building relationships with our students and families, all while improving our instruction and interventions in literacy, we will make a positive impact and close the achievement gap as indicated in our state assessment data. Literacy is a huge indicator for student success and we’re very proud of our student achievement gains.”
Elementary school is a pivotal time for students to reach reading proficiency. In fact, according to a study published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, third graders with the lowest reading scores account for the bottom third of all students, while they account for 63 percent of those who do not graduate from high school.
“Westside Elementary educators have a strong belief in themselves, their teammates and their students, and it shows up in these results,” says Dan Goldman, superintendent of Hood River County School District.
Preliminary results from the state reading exam show persistent improvements for all students, and in particular for Hispanic students.