English in a Flash Success Stories

Award-winning Georgia school fills Response to Intervention gaps.

The buzzword these days seems to be RTI—Response to Intervention—as six states have set precedence and adopted research-based RTI strategies to determine whether or not a student has a learning disability. Now schools nationwide are following suit, busily constructing their own plans to ensure that each child receives the help they need to succeed.

In preparation for Georgia’s mandated RTI rollout for the 2008-09 school year, Denise Simpson, assistant principal at Buford Elementary, a Georgia School of Excellence and Title I Distinguished School, had a few gaps to fill in her K-1st grade school’s RTI framework.

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Arizona English learners make great gains through reading practice.

With more than 15 countries represented in its English Language Development program, Amphitheater High School in Tucson, Arizona is wonderfully diverse in culture. Regardless of their native language, they quickly embrace yet another pervasive culture at the school—the culture of reading.

Last year, Amphitheater’s English language learners read more than 20 million words and passed over 3,000 Accelerated Reader quizzes. And while the state only expects students to pass the Arizona English Language Development Assessment to exit the ELD program, 55% of intermediate ELLs passed the high school graduation test, AIMS Reading, and 64% passed AIMS Writing.

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