Please direct inquiries to: Dr. Caroline Pate-Hefty, cpatehefty@wwusd.org 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2024

Governor Evers Visits Lincoln Elementary to Celebrate the Success of Multilingual Learners and Literacy Programming for all

WHITEWATER, WI — Lincoln Elementary School welcomed Governor Tony Evers on Thursday, February 15. The Governor’s time was limited, so he was only able to visit one of the three elementary schools collectively implementing new literacy programming and practices aligned with the Science of Reading (SOR) and supporting our multilingual students. However, “It was an honor to have Governor Evers visit Lincoln Elementary and witness firsthand the incredible impact the programming and practice aligned with the Science of Reading program is making in our elementary schools,” said Dr. Caroline Pate-Hefty, Superintendent of the Whitewater Unified School District. “Our staff have been instrumental in enhancing our student's literacy skills and providing them with the foundation for lifelong learning. We appreciate the governor stopping by to share in this success.” 

Since adopting the SOR program in the fall, all three elementary schools have seen notable advancements in student literacy outcomes. Recent data from the school's Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills assessment (DIBELS) reveal positive trends in students' foundational skills, including fluency and comprehension.

The DIBELS assessments, administered to elementary students in September 2023 as part of the transition to the SOR-aligned instructional model, serve as a benchmark for measuring progress in literacy development. Students underwent reassessment in January 2024, four months after the program’s implementation, to monitor the impact of the new SOR-aligned approach.


Editor: Photos of Governor Evers’ visit are available at this link.