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Auburn Journal

Tuesday Aug 20, 2013

Auburn’s Rock Creek sees 10 percent gain in English scores

By: Andrew Westrope, Staff Writer

Schools in Auburn Union School District were an exception to the statewide decline in average STAR test scores this year, and none more prominently than Rock Creek Elementary School.

The number of Rock Creek students who scored “advanced” or “proficient” in English-language arts jumped by 10 percent this year. The school’s score was still relatively low by state standards – 49.1 percent – but it was one of the biggest improvements by any school in the region. Principal Suzanne Flint attributed this to teachers’ paying individual attention to their students’ needs.

“We were really focusing on the learning cycle of giving assessments to students that matched the standards we were addressing, and then providing intervention with those students until they reached the grade-level standard,” she said. “We focused on English language-arts, and we also had the benefit of having aide support in first-, second- and third-grade classrooms.”

Interim Superintendent Laura Grassmann surmised that the jump in scores was the result of a multi-faceted approach to language proficiency, including a strong English language development program, Title I preschool at the campus, early intervention for struggling readers and particularly focused teachers.

“Knowing the level of intervention, as well as targeted instruction happening at that site over the years, now we’re seeing the gains in the classroom,” she said, “because you have multiple years of students going through our school system and seeing improvement.”

Grassmann also mentioned the school’s Site Word Busters program, pioneered by volunteer Linda LoBue, as a key to success for young English learners.

Former Natomas teacher Judy Harder, one of many volunteers who work with students one-on-one through the program, said she helps students from kindergarten through second grade focus on learning 200 English words that violate typical phonetic rules.

“If they don’t learn these 200 words by the end of second grade, then they have a really hard time succeeding as they go through the grades,” she said.

The program started at Rock Creek four years ago, was introduced to Alta Vista last year.

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Auburn Journal:

Sharing the Language of Learning
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Placer Community Foundation November newsletter: Helping Children Bust through Books One Word at a Time
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November 30, 2014
Auburn Journal:
Another View: Busting down literacy hurdles

By: John Bowman / Guest Columnist
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August 22, 2014
Auburn Journal:

Volunteers sought for kids reading program:
Sight Word Busters to hold trainings at local schools
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June 27, 2014
Auburn Journal:
Sight Word Busters volunteers celebrate students’ reading success
See the article

August, 2013
Rock Creek Elementary School shows 10% growth in STAR Language Arts. Superintendent mentions Sight Word Buster Program as one of the contributing factors.
See the article

Aggie Roberts Elementary School in Henderson, NV purchases Race to Read, A Step-by-Step Guidebook for Parents for all incoming kindergarten families.

Linda completes intensive Spanish course at LTCC, Level: High Superior.


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