Highlander Dunn Celebrates Fort Barton's Reading Scores

TIVERTON — Test score success at Tiverton’s Fort Barton Elementary School is being touted by the Rhode Island Literacy Project (RILP) as evidence of the benefits of school-based literacy reform.

Highlander Dunn Institute, the organization that spearheads the RILP, pointed to results at the four participating state elementary schools following the release of 2010 NECAP scores.

While NECAP scores remained flat at elementary levels across the state, the four partner elementary schools of the Rhode Island Literacy Project experienced significant progress in reading over the past three years since the Project’s launch, the group said.

“The fact that our four partner schools increased their reading NECAP scores by an average of 9 percentage points in 2010 validates the hard work of teachers, administrators and our Dunn team over the past two years,” said Cathy Sanford, director of the Highlander Dunn Institute.

Launched with corporate support in September 2008, the RILP is a five-year demonstration project initiating school-based literacy reform work in four partner elementary schools, including the Highlander Charter School in Providence, the Fallon Memorial and Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary Schools in Pawtucket and the Fort Barton Elementary School in Tiverton.

“Taking part in this initiative has been an amazing process that has given our school a common curricular vision,” said Suzette Wordell, principal of Fort Barton.