ECMS students excel in reading, math

Some ECMS students with Snagg, i-Ready mascot

Special to Atmore News

To help teachers determine students’ needs and monitor progress, teachers in Escambia County public schools use i-Ready, an online program for reading and/or mathematics.
Recently, students at Escambia County Middle School performed so well on their winter assessment, they were rewarded with a trip to Wind Creek Cinema and were treated to a movie, popcorn. The school took 121 seventh- and eighth-grade students who made 90 percent growth on their winter i-Ready assessment.
Monday, January 30, the school took about the same number of students in grades four, five and six.
In addition, the i-Ready mascot (Snagg) visited ECMS to present the school with an i-Ready banner designating ECMS as an i-Ready Super School because of the students’ great performance on the winter assessment.
“We had more than 300 students who demonstrated 90 percent or better of their estimated annual typical growth in reading and/or math during the first semester,” ECMS Principal Forrest Jones said. “We are exceptionally proud of our students and their effort. i-Ready is a math and reading tool designed to help improve students reading and math scores. All Escambia County Middle School students have access to this tool and can access it from home on a cellular device, an iPad, a laptop or a home computer. Consistent use of this program can significantly improve a student’s academic growth in math and reading proficiency. If any parents want more information about how to help improve their child’s reading and or math scores using the tools provided by Superintendent Michele McClung and the Escambia County Board of Education, they can call ECMS at 251-369-9105 or drop by the school and we will be happy to provide the information.
“With parental help, we are hoping to get our even higher growth on our spring diagnostic. Students who did not reach the 90 percent but make it to reach 100 percent or better of their annual growth and do their best on the spring ACAP testing will be treated to another reward trip. We are in the planning stages now.”
ACAP, which stands for the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program, is an online assessment designed to provide students, parents, teachers, and administrators with information regarding student progress toward mastery of the Alabama Course of Study Standards.