Hats off to Allenstown Elementary staff and students for significant school improvement. Allenstown made an impressive accomplishment as they closed the gap between a subgroup of students.
We are excited to share Allenstown Elementary school’s latest achievement: AES is no longer a NH Focus school. Focus schools are identified when there is a large gap between the performance of a subgroup of students (e.g. low-income students, special education students) and the overall population. Allenstown has eliminated that gap. Their state assessment scores went from within the lowest 10% of the state to the top 53% and their low-income students outperformed the state’s “all students” group in 2016-17. Congratulations, Allenstown! We know the improvement is a result of hard work, a focus on understanding student needs and directed initiatives to target student instruction.
And, there is more! Allenstown Elementary is the first Columbia Teacher’s College Readers and Writers Workshop Project School in New Hampshire! AES worked with a Demonstrated Success coach last year to carry out a search process to choose a literacy program to replace their reading series. The AES Literacy Team was comprised of representative from each grade level, a special educator, a speech pathologist, the building principal and a literacy specialist from Demonstrated Success. The Literacy Team read articles about best instructional practices and presented to their teammates. They visited schools implementing different Reader’s Workshop models, and two of the leading packaged reading programs.
The team presented their top three choices to staff and received feedback. A consensus protocol was used by the Literacy Team to make their final choice last May, and then representatives of the team presented to the school board for final approval. A thorough process has led to consensus and a solid plan positioning the school for student success.