Highlander Dunn Partner Schools See Significant Literacy Gains!

While NECAP scores remained flat at the elementary levels across the state, the four partner elementary schools of the Rhode Island Literacy Project (run by the Highlander Dunn Institute) have experienced significant progress in reading over the past three years since the Project’s launch. “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 in September 2008 by the Highlander Dunn Institute, the RILP is a 5-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. The RILP places a heavy emphasis on data-driven decision making and creating culture changes across public schools in urban, rural and charter environments.

 

Read the full story in the Pawtucket Times…

Highlander Institute's Article in the Journal of the International Dyslexia Association

As schools continue to wrestle with how to effectively match academic interventions with student needs, the Highlander-Dunn Institute and Cumberland Public Schools have partnered to develop an extended learning time model to raise the literacy proficiency of struggling readers.

The model, which blends research-based literacy interventions with a strong emphasis on data analysis, was launched in two Cumberland elementary schools during the 2009-2010 school year. The catalyst for the initiative was concern over state assessment scores in the district’s higher need schools—and a sense of urgency around increasing intervention time for at-risk students.

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