McIntire Elementary School is one of three K-5 elementary schools located in Fulton, Missouri. Over the course of the last three years, their school community has been transformed into an environment in which students, staff, and parents work as one to meet the educational needs of each student. Their mission statement, “High Levels of Learning for ALL”, is at the center of educational decisions made within their community.
The intense work of reinventing their school began in 2008 when McIntire Elementary was designated as a school in improvement by DESE. Through the work of their entire staff, they were one of the first schools in the state to work out of this status through implementation of their mission and vision. Much of their success is accredited to the guidance of consultants from the Heart of Missouri RPDC (now known as the MU Hook Center, Region 2).
McIntire Elementary began their “data journey” in 2008 by developing a student data wall specifically for reading. This wall was separated by grade level and the four areas of indicator success; advanced, proficient, basic and below basic. Each student was placed in the appropriate place for his/her specified grade level. This visual tool helped teachers look at trends in grade levels and teaching practices to inform their instructional decisions. The wall eventually morphed into quadrant posters for reading and then to assessment charts for each individual teacher. These data driven practices provide the foundation for a strong systematic process for meeting the learning needs of all children.