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PSES Continues to Show Exciting Growth in Learning.

"In 2015, PSES underwent a major shift by implementing our 3-Year Plan. This plan, nested within the ASD Strategic Framework's Simplicity Redesign and Curriculum Reset, included a new master schedule (with WIN Club intervention classes in ELA and math), collaborative planning for all grade level teams, and curriculum mapping/lesson planning (with intentional Best Practices) embedded in a Care Reigns Here culture and implemented in Student-centered classrooms.  The staff and leaderships’ dedication to the plan and a consistent adherence to our strategic framework resulted in the elementary school coming off the state category of “Improvement” to the highest category of “Performance” in 2018.


This year, we continue with exciting highlights from our state testing: 


  • In 4th grade Language Arts we see a steady progression from 22% in 2016 to 44% in 2019 of kids who met or exceeded expectations.
  • Growth from 3rd to 4th grade is again above the state’s median growth level in Language Arts.
  • In 4th grade math, we see leaps in our progress from 5% of our kids meeting or exceeding expectations in 2016 to 31% this year.  Likewise, 3rd grade continues to progress and is now at 31% of students meeting or exceeding expectations.  
  • Perhaps most notable is the growth from 3rd grade to 4th grade in math (69 percentile).  PSES students score a full 19 points above the state’s median of 50. 

Growing our kids more than a year during our school year continues to result in more kids meeting or exceeding expectations in math achievement.  This is up 50 points from only the 19th percentile prior to the 3-Year Plan! 


And while the growth of the entire school is important, it is just as important to highlight the growth of students that often don’t achieve at the same rate of their peers.  At PSES all identified subgroups (gender, race, learning disability, etc.) grew at a faster rate compared to their peers around the state.  

Education of all our kids is important and PSES takes our charge very seriously.  I am “ASD Proud” of my kids and my staff. And, I am grateful for supportive parents, our Partners in Education Group and our School Accountability Committee.  


Given this amazing progress we remain challenged to continue down this path of performance.  I remain dedicated to lead in a direction of learning excellence in a CARE REIGNS HERE culture.” ~Justin S. Cowan, Principal PSES