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An Ontario elementary school makes steady gains

Alameda students learn to collaborate and work independently to solve problems during a math lesson. From left: Alex Leon works on an activity sheet, while Daniela Mendoza and Eron Findling help each other out on a problem during class. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

ONTARIO – Alameda Elementary School in Ontario is achieving the kind of student success that is driving top state officials in Salem to talk about transforming education.

Once considered among the worst schools in Oregon, Alameda’s students now are showing growth in learning at a rate that puts it among the state’s top achievers.

Other schools in Malheur County are doing well, but a close look at Alameda shows what it takes to change education.

It takes committed district executives and school leaders.

It takes determined teachers.

And . . .