Testimony at Joint Committee in Topeka in March 2014.
Vickie Kelly, from Lansing, also gave testimony before the committee.
Ron Clark – Reading Plus Video Testimonial
Ron Clark was a Teacher of the Year a few years back and has appeared a few times on the Oprah show. He has written a book on education, too.
Lexia and Reading Plus
Our district incorporated the Lexia, Cross-Trainer and Reading Plus programs into all of our at-risk population classrooms, (Special Education K-8th, Title I K-8th) three years ago. We utilize these tools to aid our at-risk population in achieving success in areas that prior, they had only experience failure.
These programs offer intervention at its best with an astonishing amount of repetition available during each 30-45 minute session. We are able to serve more students with the same amount of staff and reach out to many more students than ever before.
Students feel success while on these programs and the games keep their attention with the colorful and fun graphics. We often hear the students giggling while they work, or they call for us to come over to view their success versus requesting assistance. It is such a pleasant surprise to see a hand go up and the child wants to share their most recent accomplishment rather than ask you for help!
Our elementary school has met annual proficiency targets for the past two years in all areas, including our Individual Education Plan population. Our Fourth grade student have made amazing strides in their Communication Arts MAP testing area; Advanced levels 2008 9.3%, 2009 12.8%, 2010 28.3% Below Basic levels have decreased as well, 2008 2.3%, 2009 2.6%, 2010 0%.
Christine Butler, Ed.S.,
Blue Eye R-V School District, Title I Director, Federal Programs Coordinator
Educational Design Solutions
“The customer service support, materials, training and encouragement provided by Educational Design Solutions is outstanding. It is one of our most consistently used resources for struggling students in the elementary setting. Maureen Weiss, our consultant has gone above and beyond my expectations in helping our district maximize resources. Thank you EDS.”
–Betty J. McKinzie, Director of Student Services, Center 58 School District, Kansas City, MO
“We are pleased with the reading gains (sixteen out of nineteen fifth graders scored exemplary) at our elementary school on the Kansas State Assessments. When you combine a good reading program (Reading Plus) with good reading instruction by classroom teachers and the support of an active administrative team, you get good results!”
–Dr. Mary Jo Taylor, Superintendent of Schools, Stafford, KS
“I want to thank EDS for putting on such a professional and informative conference. Also your generosity and hospitality were greatly appreciated. Thanks for putting on an event like this. I started investigating the website tools more. I’m still not proficient, but I learned a lot from the conference which has helped tremendously. Thanks again for everything.”
–Marsha Koster, SPED Teacher, Clay Center Community High School