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Congratulations to the Indian Mounds Kindergarten Team!

The "Kindergarten beat the odds" study looked at the growth of students in literacy from the beginning of kindergarten (i.e. using the BEKA assessment) to the beginning of first grade (i.e., using the MAP for primary grades assessment).  The analysis accounted for prior student achievement and student demographic characteristics so that is was an "apples to apples" comparison for all kindergarten teachers.  The results showed that Indian Mounds students in Kindergarten over the past three your had the highest "value-added" growth compared to all other elementary schools in the district.  The individual teacher whose students showed the most growth over the past three years was Emily Ostern.  Emily's classroom instruction was videotaped by a professional videographer.  A short video of Emily's instruction will be presented at a School Board meeting and a longer video will be used by the curriculum department for professional development.