I’ll take the reading age gains, but it’s the impact on exam grades that’s mind blowing – Sound Training has got to be the way forward!
Every educator wants to the affirmation that they have fostered success and achievement in their students, or perhaps they have changed the course of students’ future. Often they don’t have the luxury of that acknowledgement until long after students have graduated.
Students are saying to me “I finally have confidence in myself, to speak, to communicate, to read out loud”.
It’s worth every penny. This is the wisest decision of my career in regards to effecting change in my students.
Walton Academy Sound Training Pilot 2015-2016
Walton Academy is an ‘at-risk’ dropout prevention, Title I school offering services to students in grades 6-12. Students selected all scored 1 and 2 on previous FCAT Reading or demonstrated literacy deficiencies via other assessments, all students had 2+ years behind re:reading level.
84 students were selected to participate in Sound Training. Two teachers delivered Sound Training, one was an ESE teacher who provided ST 2-3 times per week and 2-4 periods per day. The other teacher offered ST daily, one period a day.
|MOTIVATION AND GOALS:
All students were academically delayed students with varying causation for deficits, including attendance, behavior, learning disabilities, ELL,etc. As this was our pilot year, and at this time limited USA data supporting program, we had limited expectations on what the results would be but eager to try the program as each student had a history of not responding to traditional educational strategies. We had ‘hoped’ we could raise reading age gain by one year by the end of the program.
|SUCCESSES AND OUTCOMES:
We had an average reading age gain of 35 months among the 84 students involved in the pilot, with a low score of 8 months and high of 85 months. I ran the program two ways, incentive based and non-incentive based. By far, offering weekly pizza parties, Sound Training T-shirts, etc.. had a profound impact on students. Kids were begging to be included in the next groups, observed increases in attendance, reduced discipline among and overall classroom success evident. Campus-wide, this program was embraced and all teachers presented a cohesive approach to utilizing ST resources in classrooms. Median score 71% Student Growth Percentile (SGP) on STAR Assessment for students involved in pilot. These students significantly exceeded ‘mainstream’ Walton County School District SGP averages in grades 6, 8, 9,10, 11 and 12. The impact of ST was nothing short of miraculous. At this time, Walton Academy ran a year two program, furthermore, the results attracted the attention of Walton County School District who is now in the second year of their pilots.
|SCALABILITY AND TRANSFERABILITY:
Absolutely. Sound Training is easily implemented and perfect for many positions that historically have limited reach, such as Title I Tutors and Para-Pros, as well as classroom teachers.
Video featuring the success at Walton Academy.
Grades 6-12. Students selected all scored 1 and 2 on previous FCAT Reading or demonstrated literacy deficiencies via other assessments, all students had 2+ years behind re:reading level.
Steve Ruder, 850-585-5026 – firstname.lastname@example.org