South Sioux City Middle School Receives Top Marks for Grade Level Improvement

| KTIV | Matt Hoffmann

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – At first, South Sioux City middle school teachers weren’t thrilled with a new method of teaching dubbed “well made schools.”

Teachers were asked to praise students four times more than they criticized them, and explain what may sound like trivial tasks, like how to work in groups. But a few years in, the middle school is in the 98th percentile when it comes to catching students up to the appropriate grade level.

“And, you know, some people don’t want to go through that process, because it takes time. But in the end, you’ll make up that time with having less of the behaviors and more of the time for learning,” said Debbie McCoy, the counselor at the middle school.

When researchers looked at the data, they found many middle school students were entering the school underperforming, likely because of socioeconomic factors, and students moving into the district.

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