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Bibb Schools still trying to close learning gap

There continues to be an achievement gap in Bibb County and the most recent CRCT scores showed it. Schools in higher income areas like Springdale Elementary performed better than schools in lower-income areas like Ingram/Pye.

"That gap exists all across the state. It's not just unique to Bibb County," said Lynn Janes, director of research evaluation assessment and accountability.

In social studies, for example, 98 percent of Springdale fifth graders met or exceeded standards. At Ingram-Pye 75 percent did not meet expectations.

Janes isn't sure why the gap is there, but said Bibb is trying to close it.

"Ingram/Pye has been identified as a priority school, by the state. And priority schools will be receiving more funding, more assistance," she said.

Across the testing board Ingram-Pye is struggling. The school will also be in a flexible learning program. "It provides extra assistance in math. That's the target that we chose," said Janes.

And that's not all, the system will be getting district content coordinators in four key areas: math, science, social studies and English language arts. "They go out and they support the schools, they may go out and do some classroom observations to collect some data and help principals identify strengths and weaknesses, go in to help work with teachers," said Janes.

Bibb is also bringing in district instructional coaches.

While the school system is trying to boost achievement, Janes said mom and dad can help too. "Parents who are involved in their children's education, you know, research studies have shown those students do normally achieve at a higher level," she said.

If you're interested in finding out how your school did, below is the link:

See the complete school test scores on the Department of Education website.


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