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Big Achievement Jump Earns Reward Status


With its biggest jump since last year –from 25 to 46 percent in third-grade math proficiency– West Godwin Elementary School was named a Reward School by the Michigan Department of Education. It is the first time the school has earned the designation.

West Godwin was recognized for being in the top 5 percent of schools making the greatest gains in achievement and outperforming predicted levels based on traditional barriers to student achievement, and for performing above other Michigan schools with similar demographics. The measure is defined by M-STEP scores. At West Godwin, nearly 90 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-lunch and about half of the 460 student are English language learners.

“We did increase in every area we were tested on M-STEP,” said Karen Baum, instructional specialist. Increases also included a jump from 42 to 57 percent in fourth-grade English language arts. Fourth-grade math increased from 29 to 38 percent proficient. The district’s other elementary school, North Godwin Elementary, has also received the Reward School designation for several years.

Kindergartner Emiliano Castro, an ELL student, practices spellingPrincipal Steve Minard said he credits quality core instruction, aligned with Common Core standards, and teachers working together in collaborative groups called Professional Learning Communities to zero in on data and instruction.

“We have a very widespread belief that all our kids can learn more, and there’s a very high level of accountability. Our teachers work their butts off,” he said.

The staff has also implemented character- and culture-building programs, which have led to a decrease in discipline problems.

“Students are a lot more likely to behave well when they care about their teachers and they know their teachers care about them,” Baum said.

West Godwin also was recently recognized for its success with ELL students by the Michigan Department of Education for academic efforts for Englishlearners over the past two years, as a candidate for the 2016 Title 1 Distinguished School award in the category of Serving Special Populations (English Learners).

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.

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