Campbellsville Ind. Elementary: Time for change
Kentucky School Advocate
By Madelynn Coldiron
Closing the achievement gap in the PS–3 Campbellsville Independent Elementary School involved shaking up the schedule of the school day. Principal Ricky Hunt said the majority of his third-graders – the first grade in which state assessments are given – fall into gap groups. The school has a 75 percent free lunch rate.
“Basically, if our gap group doesn’t do good, then our test scores are not good,” he said.
The school targeted students who were not at benchmark in reading and math and doubled or more than doubled the time they spent on those subjects. This was done by incorporating more reading and math into core content classes like social studies and science classes.
It was a two-way street, with social studies content worked in to a reading block, for example, said teacher Marcia Sharp. “You have to cross over. Before, we’ve always taught things in isolation and you really can’t teach in isolation anymore,” she said. “It’s meeting kids’ needs, not meeting teachers’ needs.”
Students who were at benchmark in reading and math remained in regular classes.
For special education students, the school moved those not at benchmark in reading and math into the same classes as the other students not reaching the mark, but also provided a co-teacher to assist them.