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Steele scores high stats for Cople Elementary

Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 12:15 pm

In just one school year, Cople Elementary School Principal Leslie Steele and her staff have provided the tools to help students bring up benchmark scores resulting in CES becoming fully accredited after three years in improvement status.

At the beginning of the 2016-17 school year Cople Elementary was in its fourth year failing to meet the state benchmark in reading and its third failing year for math.

The school’s accreditation status was to be determined. “We had to take a look at our instructional planning and instructional delivery,” Steele said. “This tied into our division goal which was to focus on the fundamentals.”

After submitting a Corrective Action Plan to the Office of School Improvement, Steele and her staff implemented several new strategies in order to help students reach their benchmark goals. Those strategies included Mulligan Strategies, Istation, Accelerated Reader, Newsela, Drambox.

“We also maximized our instructional time and used our data to drive our instruction.” Steele said.

Read more of this story in the August 9 issue of the Westmoreland News.