MAYO — Robby Edwards, superintendent of Lafayette County Schools, shared the successes of the school system with the Rotary Club of Mayo.
During the Rotary’s Jan. 15 meeting, Edwards discussed the progress the schools have made in recent years, resulting in two straight years of “A” grades in the Florida Department of Education’s School Grades.
Part of those grades are based on learning gains that students make from one year to the next. Edwards stated that these learning gains are the idea behind the annual state testing.
Edwards showed charts to the Rotarians that explained where each learning gain was, and even showed that LHS in 2015 had a total of 434 points, whereas in 2019, LHS had a total of 690.
Edwards explained that as the data results change, the area of support changes, explaining further that the students and their learning gains are constantly progressing.
Teachers go over student data, researching and coming up with methods and plans for improvement. Topics the teachers collectively discuss are prior and previous year diagnostic scores, predicted scores on FSA’s, actual score on FSA’s, subcategory checklists, reflection on achievements to date, goals, and actions to take in order to achieve their goals set.
“The extra educational opportunities such as dual enrollment, welding and other areas of interest has really gotten these kids hooked into doing well in class,” Edwards said.