Success Stories

Washington Elementary School, CO

“We have seen very good results with our students’ scores so I’m confident we’re headed in the right direction.”

Santa Ana Unified School District, CA

“Our relationship with CORE is an essential part of our initiative.”

Quileute Tribal School, WA

“We have a great group of teachers. We’ve worked really hard to recruit the best teachers and with help from CORE, we’ve been able to create an exceptional learning environment.”

Lincoln Unified School District, CA

“In addition to what the hard data tells us, we are hearing positive comments from teachers and beginning to see some strong instruction in several classrooms at several grade levels.”

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Washington Elementary DIBELS Scores

Washington Elementary School, CO Makes Significant Gains in DIBELS Scores

At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year Washington Elementary in Lamar, CO received an Early Literacy Grant . The same year, the district began working with CORE. At the start of that school year, building-wide (Grades K-2) 32% of students scored “Well Below Benchmark” on DIBELS, 20% “Below Benchmark,” and 48% “Benchmark.” After three years of the grant and partnering with CORE to implement best practices, just 8% of students were “Well Below Benchmark,” 8% “Below Benchmark,” 84% were “Benchmark.” This equates to a decrease of 24% “Well Below Benchmark,” 12% decrease of “Below Benchmark,” and an increase of 36% “Benchmark.” Watch a short video to hear from Principal Kenny Davis and Washington Elementary teachers how their work with CORE has improved reading instruction.

Quileute Tribal School, WA Triples Percent of Students Proficient in Math

Teachers and students in the Quileute Tribal School in Washington State have tripled the percent of students proficient in math in the four years since they began working with CORE to  implement research-based classroom practices. At the start of the 2013-14 school year most students in all grades (K-12) were “Below Basic” in both math and reading. Just 13% of students were “Proficient” or above in math. By the 2016-17 school year 39% of K-12 students scored “Proficient” or above. Read more about Quileute Tribal School’s work with CORE to improve both math and reading instruction.

Santa Ana Unified School District, CA Students Reach DIBELS Benchmarks

65 percent of Santa Ana Unified School District students are ELL yet K-3 students across the district are increasingly reaching DIBELS reading benchmarks due in large part to the districts work with CORE to strengthen teacher’s instructional skills. Read the success story.

Hanover Area School District, PA Shows Significant Student Growth in Math

CORE has provided math professional learning services for schools in the Hanover Area School District since the 2013-14 school year. During that time, students in grades 3-8 throughout the district scoring “Proficient” or above on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) for math have increased from 15% to 25%.

Circle of Life Academy, MN Dramatically Increases the Number of Students Proficient or Above in Reading

Since the 2015-16 school year, CORE has provided reading professional learning services for both elementary and secondary classrooms at Circle of Life Academy in northern Minnesota. In that time, the number of students in grades K-6 scoring “Proficient” or above in reading has grown from just 9% during the 2015-16 school year to 38% during the 2016-17 school year. Students in grades 7-12 have also made gains, moving from 24% of students scoring “Proficient” or above to 32%.

Upper Darby School District, PA Prepares Students for Success with High School Math

CORE worked with Upper Darby High School in Pennsylvania on an intensive coaching project that included the implementation of interventions for students entering Grade 9. In just its second year working with CORE, the school showed significant gains on NWEA MAP assessments. At the beginning of the school year 71% of students beginning Grade 9 scored at least 2 grade levels behind in math. By mid-year the MAP score of 235  indicated students were ready to be moved out of interventions and were prepared for high school math.

Lincoln USD, CA Students Achieve Steady Reading Growth

Lincoln USD first partnered with CORE during the 2012-13 school year with the goal of improving literacy instruction and achievement at the K-3 grade levels. CORE has provided reading instruction workshops throughout the district as well as on-site teacher and leadership coaching. By developing their instructional skills, teachers have helped students improve their reading skills. Read the success story.

What Educators Are Saying About CORE

“CORE has helped my teachers become better in student engagement techniques and instructional reading strategies. As a result, our school continues to make gains in student achievement. We are getting results.”

      — Carl White, Principal | Nome Elementary School, AK

“CORE’s Educational Consultant has provided support, structure, and focus to our math department. With the expertise and knowledge of our CORE EC, our school’s math teachers have been given advice on instructional practices to quickly and effectively increase student achievement. My math teachers look forward to the CORE EC’s visits and for the opportunity to work with the EC and to grow professionally. We are all looking forward to working with CORE again next school year!”

      — Michelle Mann, Principal | Freed Middle School, CO

“Our school uses the CORE RtI plan. Your Educational Consultant visits with our RtI coach. His thoughts and insights are very refreshing and have helped us to target our second- and third-tier students more effectively.”

      — Connie Kaltenbach, Principal | Shannon County School, SD

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