Laurel Ledge School, Region 16

A Cohort 1 School: 2011 – 2014


Laurel Ledge Elementary School applied for the SPDG grant for two reasons: 1) students were not meeting grade three literacy benchmarks, indicating gaps in core literacy instruction in the early grades, and 2) the school did not have a unified or systemic approach to behavioral supports and interventions.


  • Implementation of PBIS has changed the school climate; the same behavioral expectations are in place for all students.
  • A new SRBI manual has been written for staff.
  • Students with IEPs are now included in the SRBI meeting cycle to discuss the efficacy of their interventions and more closely monitor their academic or behavioral progress.
  • Parent communication has increased regarding report cards, grading, the CCSS, and pre- and post-instruction rubrics. More parent workshops have been offered.
  • Literacy support is provided from the first day of school based on end-of-year benchmark testing rather than waiting for fall benchmark results. The school’s literacy focus is on first graders going into second grade and second graders going into third grade using a systematic program of instruction and consistent use of materials.

Data & Next Steps:

Laurel Ledge attained an impressive 35.7% increase in their school-wide implementation of Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI). For more details on Laurel Ledge’s changed practices and outcomes as a Cohort 1 SPDG school.

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“SPDG has forced us to look at our data and to use it for instructional changes. We decide that something isn’t working or we’re missing a piece of instruction based on the data and we fill in the gaps or change our instructional format.”

“A key success of SPDG in our school is our self-assessment of all of our programs, academically and behaviorally, and the increase in our reflective practice.”