Editor’s note: This is the second part in a seven part series on the goals of each campus of the Graham Independent School District.

Crestview Elementary School has set five goals for the 2013-14 school year in alignment with the overarching improvement initiatives put forth by GISD. 

Intervention Program

The school’s first goal involves focus on it’s Intervention Program, which pinpoints students who need assistance in English/language arts and math. Students in kindergarten through third grade take a Universal Screen Test given every two or three weeks. The same method is used for ELA, but with what is called the Texas Primary Reading Inventory, in which the student is tested three times per school year. Students who score low in these tests and screenings are taught on a more intimate level with a team of teachers using the same program kit but with either English or math. These students are taught in groups of three or four. 

“We totally rebuilt and revolved the schedule around the Intervention Program,” said Harper Stewart, principal of Crestview Elementary School. “It’s basically identifying the kids that need help and getting them that need.”

Data-driven decision making

The results from Universal Screening and TPRI testing help Crestview’s teachers and staff decide which students need the Intervention Program and which students no longer need it, as well as how students are scoring in overall areas of learning.

“We have math and reading intervention teams, and both of those teams look at all the data,” Stewart said. “We’ve had math data meetings, reading data meetings in the conference room with teachers who are the interventionalists, Mrs. Gatlin and myself, and that’s when we decide which kids go (into the Intervention Program). We don’t just get this list (of students) and say, ‘This kid needs to go (to the Intervention Program).”

More iPads for classes

Starting from zero a few years ago, Crestview has built up its technology inventory to include three iPads per classroom. This is partially thanks to its parent-teacher organization, which donated 32 new iPads to the school. The PTO also gave each teacher a $25 iTunes gift card to be used to purchase educational games for the iPads — something each teacher normally purchases out-of-pocket. 

“I’ve got teachers giving spelling tests on iPads now.” Stewart said. 

Read more in Sunday's Graham Leader.