Instructional overhaul helps Seattle elementary school boost scores

10/27/2013 | Seattle Times, The

An overhaul in how educators teach is being credited with double-digit test-score leaps in reading and math at White Center Heights Elementary School, which has high rates of poverty and non-English-speaking students. Instruction at the Seattle school includes an emphasis on critical thinking and finding meaning when reading, rather than simply decoding words, in fiction and nonfiction materials, plus ability-grouping and small-group interventions in math. The principal also paid teachers to read and discuss books on instructional theory.

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