HPS reading program a success

Students at Alcott Elementary have made such great strides in their reading abilities that Principal Lawrence Tunks is on the verge of dancing.

Tunks shared that success with the Hastings Board of Education during the Spotlight on Learning presentation at the board’s regular meeting Monday evening.

Since implementing the current reading program during the 2011-12 school year, the percentage of Alcott students reaching grade-level benchmarks increased from around 50 percent to 75 percent by end of the last school year.

Board member John Bonham commended Tunks for setting and achieving such ambitious goals. Bonham asked Tunks what the goal is for 2014-15.

Tunks said 80 percent would be a good goal and 85 percent would be an excellent goal.
“If we could get 85 percent of our kids at benchmark without Title 1 support, just solely focusing on our instruction and the curriculum we have, that would be absolutely amazing,” he said. “If we hit 80, I’d be pretty thrilled. If we hit 85, I probably would dance.”

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