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School Board hears statistics from Yost Elementary - Sept 2019

Yost Elementary School Principal Josh Huwig gave a presentation on Yost Elementary School at the Duneland School Board’s meeting Monday night.

Huwig reports Yost’s scores on the new ILEARN assessment--a replacement for the ISTEP+ introduced just this year--were at or slightly above state averages and on par with the other schools in the district. Yost also compared well with a list of similar school districts.

Huwig’s report was heavily focused on data, both sweeping and specific to Yost since the Duneland school improvement team is focused on using available data to find areas of improvement.

Huwig also said Yost has implemented recess before lunch as part of its goal to make research-based school improvements. According to Huwig, research shows that recess before lunch results in kids eating better at lunch, visiting the nurse less frequently, and behaving better. Huwig said disciplinary incidents on the playground and in the cafeteria are down and nurse visits are down since he launched recess before lunch.

Duneland Schools Superintendent Dr. Chip Pettit thanked Huwig and the Yost teachers and staff for their great work with the students. Pettit emphasized the importance of the school comparison data. “When we look at some of these school comparisons, we’re not comparing with state averages, we’re comparing to some of the best schools in the state,” he said. “Another benefit is we can use that data to then create a network to share best practices.”