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Sullivan’s elementary students show ‘historic’ reading improvements

Sullivan’s elementary students show ‘historic’ reading improvements

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BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — Sullivan County elementary school students showed “historic” reading improvements in recent assessments, according to a news release from the school system.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade are tested three times a year, in line with Tennessee mandates, to gauge reading and math proficiency. The most recent assessments showed the district has 351 fewer elementary school students with an at-risk designation for reading proficiency compared to fall assessment results. All 11 elementary schools in the district had decreases in at-risk students.

“Sullivan County attributes these gains to a multi-year investment in reading proficiency, centered around the adoption of an improved reading and writing curriculum as well as extensive teacher training on success with that curriculum,” wrote Robin McClellan, the school system’s supervisor of elementary education. “Sullivan County has also focused on the most effective ways to use data about student skill gaps to tailor the work that students do when working in small groups with instructors.”

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