Byron Middle’s data efforts outlined at Peach board session

BYRON -- Peach County schools are using data-based initiatives to reach student improvement goals, and Byron Middle School’s efforts were on display Tuesday.

At the Peach County school board’s monthly study session, Principal Jeff Bell discussed the school’s analysis of Criterion-Referenced Competency Test scores to find trends, specifically in science and math.

“We took that information back to the school with the teachers, and they’ve been trying to figure out ways that we can improve with our students and improve the scores that we have for this school year,” he said.

The school also is looking into at-risk students who are struggling academically. Those students’ grades are tracked in a data room, where their grades at each progress report and report card are displayed graphically.

Bell said the system allows teachers and administrators to more easily identify trends within the school instruction.

That practice also is used at other schools, but board Vice Chairman Ben McDaniel said he stopped by Byron Middle’s data room and was impressed with the color-coded system Bell’s staff utilizes to identify failing grades, free lunch status and special needs enrollment.

“I was able to stand in the middle of the room. ... I could get a pretty good picture of what was going on in every grade level, just sitting there,” he said. “I was impressed with it. I liked it.”

Two groups also were recognized at the meeting, held at Kay Road Elementary School:

Kay Road Elementary Principal Angela Ezell introduced her school’s student safety patrol.

Byron Elementary Principal Dannelly Martin presented his school’s Parent Teacher Organization with a plaque to honor its contributions to the school’s new playground.

To contact writer Jeremy Timmerman, call 744-4331.