Classrooms, learning skills

The Write to Achieve

Language PrepIn the 2010 – 2011 school year, we had five fourth grade classrooms. One of the classrooms, which we will call Room 2 KW, had 8 students out of 20 that were labeled dyslexic. Early in the year, six of those students had failed the Writing TAKS benchmark.

Knowing these students would be facing a huge challenge with passing the Writing TAKS assessment in March, a challenge was issued for Room 2 KW.

The challenge was this: Let the SOI team instruct these students using the SOI Language Prep (student workbook and computer program) 2 – 3 times per week for 30 minutes.

After a lot talking and a little pressure, the teacher gave us her blessing. The SOI team started implementing the SOI Language Prep to Room 2 KW on October 20, 2010.

I am thrilled to report that all but one student met standard on the Writing TAKS assessment in March. Unfortunately, the one dyslexic student did not meet the standards was due to circumstances outside our control – illness and medication change.

I would like to give special thanks to SOI Systems, Staci Mullins, Maria Talkmitt, and Alisa Fitzpatrick for the implementation of the SOI Language Prep and the students, the classroom teacher, and Cherie Nettles, the principal.

This article, written by Joan McNeil, an SOI Associate, was originally published in our February 2012 newsletter.

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