Project Description

Walton Academy Sound Training Pilot 2015-2016

School  / District Profile

The Walton County School District serves around 14,000 Pre-K through 12th grade students in 15 schools. There are 3 clusters each with 1 high school, 1 middle school and 3 elementary schools. 

Introduction

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.

Focus

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.

Implementation

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.

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.

Results

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.

Achievements

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.

Staff Feedback

Lexonik Advance is achieving way beyond what I ever thought possible. I had faith, but results are simply incredible. These are not confident kids; they have had every intervention going, but this is a life changer.

Steve Ruder, Principal, Walton County School District