Student Achievement Skyrockets at a Tucson Elementary School

An effective classroom-based program of differentiated instruction, called Reteach and Enrich, kicked off eight straight years of success at Mesquite Elementary.

September 27, 2011
Infographic: Maili Holiman
Sources: Vail School District and Arizona Department of Education.

Reteach and Enrich began in the 2002-03 school year. Students are given weekly assessments designed to measure students' understanding of each week's math concepts. Based on assessment results, students are placed into groups receiving either re-teaching or enrichment activities. At the end of the year, statewide tests measure students' overall math level. After the Reteach and Enrich program, the number of third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders meeting and exceeding state math standards increased significantly. Teachers at Mesquite report that Reteach and Enrich was key to the increase in test scores; however, since this was not a controlled study, it should be noted that many other factors could also explain the increase.

School Snapshot

Mesquite Elementary School

Grades 3-5 | Tucson, AZ
601 | Public, Suburban
Per Pupil Expenditures
$6252 School$6815 District$7609 State
Free / Reduced Lunch
31% Hispanic
7% Black
5% Asian
1% Other

12% special needs
3% English-language learners

Data is from the 2010-11 academic year.

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  • Curriculum Planning
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Formative Assessment
  • 3-5 Upper Elementary

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