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Special Article

Berkley Continues to Excel After 20+ Years of Being a Kagan Model School

Berkley Elementary School

To cite this article: Berkley Elementary School. Berkley Continues to Excel After 20+ Years of Being a Kagan Model School. Kagan Online Magazine, Issue #63. San Clemente, CA: Kagan Publishing. www.KaganOnline.com

Bar Graph: ELA - % at 3 or Above

Berkley Elementary School in Auburndale, FL, has been a Kagan Model School now for more than 20 years. Berkley embraced Kagan since it opened and hasn’t looked back!

Kagan Trainer Tom Searl has been Kagan’s long-term trainer and coach for Berkley. Recently, Mr. Searl received an email from Berkley’s principal Gayle Thomas celebrating Berkley’s current results on the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA).

Berkley outperformed their school and district peers across all subjects and grade levels tested!

This is indeed quite a feat. Perhaps more impressive is the school’s sustained implementation of Kagan. For 21 years now, Berkley has stuck with Kagan Cooperative Learning, a high-leverage, research-proven instructional intervention. Over the past two decades, there have been so many changes for Berkley including administration, teachers, students, and the community. Yet Berkley has focused steadfastly on a successful initiative. Their diligence and perseverance continue to pay off!

Below are a few charts and highlights of their recent assessments.

A Kagan Model School

Berkley summarizes their ongoing relationship with Kagan Professional Development this way:

Berkley Charter School has been a Kagan Cooperative Learning Model School since our inception in 2000. Our staff receives extensive and ongoing training in Kagan Cooperative Learning strategies and structures. These structures are used daily in our classrooms to boost student engagement, social and communication skills, and academic achievement.

English Language Arts (ELA)

Bar Graph: ELA - % at 3 or Above

Berkley students were tested at grades 3, 4, and 5 in ELA. As you can see from the graphs, Berkley (blue) outperformed their district (orange) and the state of Florida (gray) at all grades tested. The gaps are quite sizeable at grades 3 and 5. On average, Polk County had 9% fewer students reaching Level 3 proficiency than the state of Florida. Berkley outperformed the district by an average of 20% more students achieving Level 3 proficiency!

Math

Bar Graph: Math - % at 3 or Above

Berkley students were tested at grades 3, 4, and 5 in math. A similar picture emerged for mathematics. Berkley (blue) outperformed their district (orange) and the state of Florida (gray) at all grades tested. The gaps are even more pronounced in math than in ELA. On average, Polk County has 8% fewer students reaching Level 3 proficiency than the state of Florida. Berkley outperformed the district by an average of 29% more students achieving Level 3 proficiency!

Also of note, Berkley achieved #1 in the district of nearly 100 elementary schools at grade 3 in math!

Science

Bar Graph: Science - % at 3 or Above (Grade 5)

Berkley students were tested only at grades 5 in science as the FSA tests are only for grades 5 and 8. Again, Berkley outscored the county and state. Berkley achieved #3 in the district with close to 100 elementary schools taking the test!

Principal Gayle Thomas celebrated the results in an email to Berkley teachers: I’m reaching out with some fantastic news. FSA scores have come out and want to share the data we have so far. I think it looks amazing!!”

Principal Thomas lauded that 5th grade ranked in the top 5 across all subjects. Way to go, Berkley!

Great School Ratings

GreatSchools (greatschools.org) is a national nonprofit organization that rates schools. Their motto is “Empowering parents through information.” Their goal is to help parents identify great schools to find a great education for their child. Below is how GreatSchools rates Berkley.

Summary Rating 10/10: The Summary Rating provides a snapshot of school quality based on: Test Scores, Student Progress, and Equity.

Test Scores 9/10: Test scores at this school are far above the state average, suggesting that most students at this school are performing at or above grade level.

Student Progress 10/10: Students at this school are making far more academic progress given where they were last year, compared to similar students in the state.

High progress with high test scores means students have strong academic skills, and the school is a doing an excellent job at supporting academic growth compared to most other schools.

Equity 10/10: Underserved students at this school are performing far better than other students in the state, and this school is successfully closing the achievement gap.

Receiving a perfect 10 on Equity deserves special recognition. Low-income and underserved students are performing at levels very close to their peers.

Receiving a perfect 10 on Equity deserves special recognition. Low-income and underserved students are performing at levels very close to their peers. With scores like this for all students, parents can be assured their students are receiving a top-tier education at Berkley.

A Closing Note

Many thanks to principal Gayle Thomas for sharing these outstanding results with Kagan. Congratulations to you and all the teachers at Berkley for maintaining high levels of implementation of Kagan year after year! Berkley is truly living up to their motto: Learning for All. Whatever It Takes!