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 Progress Results in BIG PINEY, WYOMING / 2014 – 2016

The following quote is from Amy Bell, principal of Big Piney Elementary School.

“Over the past three years, Big Piney Elementary School has been rated as ‘Partially Meeting Expectations,’ then ‘Meeting Expectations,’ and this most recent year we attained our goal of being rated a school that’s ‘Exceeding Expectations’ by the WY Department of Education. While there are several reasons for this improvement, a large component of our journey has been related to our work with CLI in creating an aligned curriculum while maintaining a focus on effective instruction, collaborative problem solving, and formative assessment. Thanks to CLI for guidance as we continue to navigate the waters of continuous improvement!”

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Assessment Results in WYOMING / 2014 – 2015

From Jay Harnack (Sublette County School District #1, Pinedale, Wyoming), “A press release from the Wyoming Education Association noted that Senators Coe and Wasserburger, along with Representatives Northrup and Connolly, returned from the Council of State Governments-West (CSG West), and shared some positive numbers regarding education in Wyoming, that were presented to them in late July. Senator Coe and Representative Northrup are the co-chairs for the Education Committee. Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig, Professor of Education leadership and Policy Studies at the California Sacramento State University presented numbers to the CSG-West showing Wyoming leading the Western states in NAEP/TIMSS Science scores and sixth in the world. Wyoming’s NAEP/TIMMS Math scores also ranked first in the Western states and eighth in the world.  The statistical calculations by the National Center for Educational Statistics also show that Wyoming is statistically tied for number two in the world in Science, behind Finland.”  Please visit this link for further information about the academic strides in Wyoming. CLI has provided services to 25% of all Wyoming districts.

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Accreditation Results in WYOMING / 2012 – 2013

During the 2012-2013 school year, Laramie County School District #2 received district-wide accreditation from AdvancEd. During the process, an external review was conducted of the policies and processes in place within the district.

The implementation of the CLI Model was noted as a “powerful practice” both in the areas of professional development and curriculum.

Sue Stevens, Principal/Curriculum Coordinator, and Jack Cozart, Superintendent, reported that LCSD#2 received both a commendation and a recommendation for their involvement and implementation of the Curriculum Leadership Institute Model for School Improvement.

Implementation of the CLI Model was identified as a researched-based, best-practice for developing a district-wide curriculum aligned to the Wyoming Content Standards that has had a positive impact on student learning.  The recommendation was for LCSD#2 to continue to implement the model by developing curriculum for all content areas and creating district-wide assessments to measure student progress on mastery of the curriculum.

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Assessment Results in WYOMING / 2005 – 2011

Converse County School District #2, in Glenrock, Wyoming has a unique relationship with CLI.  Their CLI consultant works as the curriculum coordinator.  (See Curriculum Coordinator tab under “Services.”)  Curriculum and common assessments have been created for all grade levels in all subject areas. The district has a Curriculum Development Action Plan that serves as policy for how curriculum, instructional planning, and assessments are managed. The Curriculum Coordinating Council has developed a long-range plan, a mastery definition and grading rubric, and approved forms for Pacing Guides and Outcome-Component Plans (instructional planning resources). Grading issues were discussed among staffs at all buildings levels until consensus was reached and decisions recorded. Each year, new staff members receive training in the processes employed, and expectations for implementation of curriculum, instruction, and assessments. State test scores have improved considerably over time.


Results in KANSAS / 2006 – 2009

USD 417 Morris County in Council Grove, KS has a student population of approximately 800 students. CLI first started working with this school district in 2006. The following graphs show the district’s progress on the state reading and math assessments.


 Results in ILLINOIS / 2004 – 2009

Pleasantdale School District 107 is a PreK-8 district, with 830 students. The district has always been strong, but when they first began to work on local assessments, they realized they had problems with their curriculum. That curriculum was based on the “introduce, continue, master” format and teachers and administrators alike realized this made their curriculum vague and basically not assessable. District leaders contacted CLI, and we helped them rewrite their language arts and social studies curriculums. The revised curriculums were so valued by district educators that CLI was asked to help rewrite curriculum for every grade level of every subject, and these efforts were completed in 2008.
In 2010 District 107 was awarded the Bright A+ Award for being ranked among the top five percent of 871 Illinois school districts. The award was given by the SchoolSearch organization that ranks school districts nationally according to academic performance. To be eligible for the award, over 93.3 percent of students needed to score in the “meets” or “exceeds” category of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT). Pleasantdale ISAT scores have improved every year since the inception of strategic planning in 2003. Standardized test scores in 2007-08 were the highest in the history of the District.
In both 2007-08 and 2008-09, more than 90% of students in grades 3-8 met or exceeded standards for the ISAT in both reading and math (with the exception of grade 5 in 08-09, with 89.5% in reading and 89.6% in math). Students in grades 4 and 7 also were given assessments in science, with more than 90% meeting or exceeding standards both years.


 Results in ILLINOIS / 2005 – 2008

Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 is one of the fastest-growing communities in the nation. At the start of the 1990-91 school year, the preK-12 enrollment was 3,324. The enrollment is now closing in on 30,000 students. CLI began to work long-term with Plainfield in 2005-06. The following chart shows gains in reading and math over a five-year period (2003-2008), by subgroup.


In 2009, a total of 15,005 students in grades 3-8 and 11 tested in reading and math. In reading, 82.4% met state standards; in math 87% met state standards.