Engaging Students

Arguably, Leader in Me is not an initiative focused directly on providing reading or math strategies. Rather, Leader in Me is about improving the school culture, inspiring educators to have a paradigm shift, and engaging students in their learning through leadership. Leader in Me is meant to complement the many academic initiatives at a school. That said, many of our schools have seen growth academically across the board since implementing Leader in Me.

Iowa Assessment Proficiencies

Reading

  • 8 of 11 Leader in Me schools improved in reading proficiency since their baseline year
  • Average growth of those 8 schools was 7.6%
  • Of the 8 schools that improved in reading, the average free and reduced rate was 55%. Of the 4 schools with the highest free and reduced populations ranging from 65-92%, they averaged 7% growth in reading proficiency.
  • Of the 2 schools with the highest ethnic minority populations ranging from 79 to 92% of the total school population, they averaged 10% growth in reading proficiency.
Math

  • 7 of 11 Leader in Me schools improved in math proficiency since their baseline year
  • Average growth of those 7 schools was 5.9 percent
  • Of the 7 schools improving in math proficiency, the average free and reduced rate was 53%. Of the 4 schools with the highest free and reduced populations ranging from 47-88%, they averaged 7% growth in math proficiency.
  • Of the 2 schools with the highest ethnic minority populations ranging from 49 to 79% of the total school population, they averaged 11.5% growth in math proficiency.

Science

  • 6 of 11 Leader in Me schools improved in science proficiency since their baseline year
  • Average growth of those 6 schools was 5.5%
  • Of the 6 schools improving in science proficiency, the average free and reduced rate was 58%. Of the 4 schools with the highest free and reduced populations ranging from 47-92%, they averaged 8% growth in science proficiency.
  • Of the 2 schools with the highest ethnic minority populations ranging from 88 to 92% of the total school population, they averaged 12% growth in science proficiency.

Iowa Assessment National Standard Composite Scores
The NSS Composite Scores are a reflection of the average National Standard Scores in the areas of reading, mathematics, and science. One Leader in Me school tracked three years of NSS Composite Scores and noticed that the highest average NSS composite scores occurred after one full year of implementation of Leader in Me. 6Th graders grew on average by 5%, 7th grade by 3% and 8th grade by 2%.

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“If you are a doubter of Leader in Me, don’t talk to an adult about it. Talk to a kid in a Leader in Me school. Visit one of our Leader in Me schools and listen to the stories. There is nothing more compelling than a child explaining to you how this has impacted their lives.”
Jenny Leeper, Cedar Falls Parent and School Board Member
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