Fletcher Walker Elementary to receive a distinguished school award
“It was the hard work done by the students and staff that allowed us to receive this recognition,” said Lou Istrice, the principal at Fletcher Walker.
He said the improvement could be attributed to the strength of the school staff, the work on curriculum and instruction that provided opportunities for students to perform better and professional staff training. It was a cooperative effort, said Istrice.
He will travel to Southern California in April to attend the State Title I conference where he will be given the award. He had to finish a participation packet by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, in order for the school to receive the flag and plaque that will be presented during a luncheon Tuesday, April 17.
Istrice said he received a letter from the California Department of Education stating Fletcher Walker had been selected as a distinguished school because it had exceeded expectations for adequate yearly progress.
In the fall of 2004 a School Assistance and Intervention Team delivered a report to the Westwood Unified School District Board of Trustees with recommendations on ways to improve test scores after Fletcher Walker Elementary was named a program improvement school because it did not meet its academic performance index goal for 2003/04.
Although the intervention plan was for three years, test scores jumped after two years of working with SAIT. In September 2006, Bob Benoit and Cheri Gamette, came to Westwood to celebrate the success of the interventions with teachers.
At that time Benoit said scores over the past three years of testing showed a steady growth in both math and language arts. He added currently 41 percent of students are considered proficient or advanced in language arts and 55 percent in math. This data shows that Fletcher Walker surpasses the current No Child Left Behind requirements for education passed by the Federal government.
This January, the State Department of Education confirmed Benoit’s assessment by naming Fletcher Walker a distinguished school.
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