Indianola, IA:  95 Percent Group recently presented Indianola Community Schools with the company’s prestigious  R.E.A.D. Award for demonstrating instructional excellence and dedication supporting readers in the district’s four elementary schools.

“Our partnership with 95 Percent Group began in 2015 when district teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators were asked to attend reading workshops and conferences throughout the country to learn more about what was available to help teach and improve student’s reading skills,” said Cindy Slauson, Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Since Fall 2015, when Indianola Community Schools implemented a plan using 95 Percent Group reading intervention training and products, the reading proficiency rate among students in grades 1-3 has risen 12.6%.  In Spring 2017, the Iowa FAST Assessment indicated that 83.5% of all students in grades 1-3 were proficient, up from 66.4% at the beginning of this implementation.  Also, when comparing composite scores with six other districts in the Des Moines, IA. regional area; Indianola posted the largest and only double-digit increases in reading proficiency for the past two years: 14.4% (2015-2016) and 10.6% (2015-2017).

Download the complete press release here:  Indianola Community Schools Named R.E.A.D. Award Winner.