The faculty and staff of Winnfield Primary School were in great spirits on Friday, Aug. 4, as the Winn Parish School System officially recognized them as being tops in growth across all of the school district. Their third and fourth-grade test scores, comprised of results from the LEAP, saw a growth of nine percentage points in proficiency across all content areas in the 2022-2023 school year. The teachers, administrators, and staff were all rewarded with a meal and door prizes to celebrate their success.
“All of our teachers worked hard, they went the extra mile, and they see that [their] hard work is paying off,” said WPS Principal Byron King. “They are working constantly to do what is best for our students. I give all the credit to our teachers and we are looking forward to having more growth next year.” King noted that the school’s goal was to grow four points this year and he is very proud of the fact that they more than doubled their goal.
This nine-point growth in proficiency means that a much higher percentage of students scored either mastery or advanced, the top two levels of results, than did last year. Teachers at WPS have been trained in a reading program called the Science of Reading, and their work has led to a new way of approaching reading instruction. WPS focused on small group intervention, more targeted instruction, and applying this approach across ELA, math, science and social studies.
“Winnfield Primary School was committed at every level, from the principal on down, to improving the instructional practices at the school,” said Winn Parish School Superintendent Al Simmons. “The academic growth of the students this past year is attributable to this commitment and to the effort that followed. We are very proud of that work and expect more great things at the school.”
Winn students returned to school for the 2023-2024 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 8.