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Pine Tree Elementary School, Avon, Indiana

Kari Mize, the principal of Pine Tree Elementary School in Avon, Indiana shared this success data with us.  “There are many things that we have done at Pine Tree to improve our practice, our earliest change being our professional development on gender learning differences.  To give you an idea of how life has changed at Pine Tree, I share this information with you. It is important to know that we are a Title 1 school.”

Language Arts ISTEP Scores (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress)

Percentage of 3rd grade girls passing: in 2007, 77%; in 2011,93%; up 16%.
Percentage of 3rd grade boys passing: in 2007, 80%; in 2011, 90%; up 10%.
Percentage of 4th grade girls passing: in 2007, 86%; in 2011, 98%; up 12%.
Percentage of 4th grade boys passing: in 2007, 83%; in 2011, 92%; up 9%.

Math ISTEP Scores

Percentage of 3rd grade girls passing: in 2007, 69%; in 2011, 82%; up 13%.
Percentage of 3rd grade boys passing: in 2007, 81%; in 2011, 90%; up 9%.
Percentage of 4th grade girls passing: in 2007, 86%; in 2011, 95%; up 9 %.
Percentage of 4th grade boys passing: in 2007, 85%; in 2011, 94%; up 9 %.

“We also measure academic progress using NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association), which we give three times per year. We look at the percentage of students meeting their target RIT by spring for our second, third, and fourth grade students. What follows is the improvement we’ve seen on NWEA.”

Percentage of students meeting target RIT in Reading 2007: between 32.9% and 37.9%
Percentage of students meeting target RIT in Reading 2011: between 63.8% and 91.5%
Percentage of students meeting target RIT in Math 2007: between 52.9% and 59.2%
Percentage of students meeting target RIT in Math 2011: between 75% and 91.5%