The strategic five-year plan for the Clinton Public School District begins with the phrase, “where excellence is the only option.” At Northside Elementary, a Title I school serving 850 students in grades 2 and 3, the proof truly is in the numbers.
Students had a 100 percent pass-rate, the highest in the Jackson, Mississippi metro area, on the new state-mandated third grade literacy test administered in May of 2015. Scores for all students, including English Language Learners and special education students, were included. Second graders grew 1.4 years in their reading level on average, as measured on the STAR Assessment used district-wide.
Principal Joy Tyner is certain that “myON played a big part” in helping achieve these results.
She implemented myON in the fall of 2014 to increase the amount of literature needed to address the Common Core State Standards and support their 1:1 iPad initiative. With the passage of the state’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act in 2013,
Tyner became “doubly interested in putting more reading materials into the hands of students and teachers.”