Test scores give Sumner reason to celebrate
Sumner Elementary School will not
be going into Program Improvement
for the 2011-12 school year.
After being on the Program Improvement watch
list during the 2010-11 year, Sumner increased by 23
points (836 to 859) in its Academic Performance
Index (API) score and met the Academic Yearly
Progress targets in both English and math for all 4 of
its significant subgroups.
“There were certain kids who needed help to get
to proficiency,” said Sumner principal Frank
D’Emilio. “Certain subgroups of ours were not meeting
the No Child Left Behind target and this past year
we targeted the students [who struggled] and were
able to meet all of our targets. This shows that kids
can achieve no matter where they come from or how
The elementary school publicized the results to the
school community during a celebration held on Friday.
Mr. D’Emilio and Claremont Unified School
District Interim Superintendent Gloria Johnston congratulated
students and staff for their efforts in helping
Sumner avoid Program Improvement status.
Students then enjoyed popsicles and free time for the
last 45 minutes of the school day.
The implementation of cooperative learning strategies,
Direct Interactive Instruction, interventions, as
well as an increased focus on testing and a good atmosphere
were all components for Sumner’s rise.
“The increases in my class were a matter of focusing
more on the test and being honest about what it
meant,” said Sumner teacher Ron Alpert. “I explained
to them what Program Improvement meant and its
consequences. As a result, the kids took it seriously.