Madison Elementary Principal Ben Barkey recognized twenty-seven 5th-grade students, one-third of the grade level, who scored a 230 or higher on the NWEA. This assessment helps Indiana schools use data to drive instruction aligned to state standards. With these results, teachers identify each student’s learning needs, adjust instruction effectively with progress monitoring, and support skills mastery.
This achievement is to be congratulated as the highest on record in recent years for Madison Elementary. While an average growth on a typical year is 10 points, many students grew as many as 27 points over this year; that’s a three-year leap! With this accomplishment, parents can schedule their child in 6th grade to take pre-algebra online with support from Edgewood Middle School math teacher Sam Wysong.
When a student advances in a math course at the elementary level, it opens up courses in middle school and consequently in high school. That translates into opportunities to take college-credit courses and/or internships as they progress through their career pathway. Over three hundred students at WCHS earned college credits in 2020 saving families over a million dollars.
Principal Ben Barkey noted, “Results have come from teaching standards, focusing on mastery of standards, cycling back to offer individual remediation, and not allowing students to opt-out. Coupled with great strategies like effective and timely feedback, rigor, student relationships, common formative assessments, and creating a positive classroom culture where students are ready to perform with a growth mindset, we’ve witnessed significant growth.”
Congratulations to 5th-grade students and their amazing teachers Kari Asay, Grant Henrikse, and Ashleigh Madden.
Principal Ben Barkey
24. Kayla Browning
25. Lyla Mow
26. Tyler Cox
27. Nolan Himes