EXETER – At the Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School Committee meeting on Tuesday evening, Deborah Blake, reading supervisor for students in kindergarten through sixth grade, presented data and progress on the students in the district who exceeded the expectations through a new program called “Reading Street.”
Blake explained the progress the students and teachers have made over the past three years through the program, which focuses on student achievement in reading, writing and the language arts.
“Reading Street is a tool for identifying the needs of each student,” said Blake. “The program offers [students], whole group learning and small group learning depending on their grade level.”
“[The program] looking at the different pre-schools these students have come from and whether or not they are ready for the next level.” Blake continued. “At the end of the year, averages are done and it is great to see the final scores and improvement.”
The program tests children in words and vocabulary, phonics, writing conventions, writing and fluency. At the end of the year, there is an online assessment for students.
“This program expresses the importance of teachers and values outside of the classroom,” Blake stressed.
According to Blake, it is essential to provide teachers with professional development methods in order to successfully improve student performance and achievement.
In other news Alexandra Rickoff, a Rhode Island College Alumni, was hired as the new Senior High drama coach. Rickoff has a Masters in fine arts along with experience in theater. Many of the drama students attended the meeting to see their new coach.
“I’m really excited to start,” Rickoff said.