Liberty Point Elementary excels during the pandemic

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Liberty Point Elementary Excels During the Pandemic, Defying Online Learning Slide Trends

When the pandemic hit earlier this year, many schools, particularly those serving high percentages of Black, Latino, and Indigenous students, as well as children from low-income households, experienced declines in performance. But Liberty Point
Elementary School, led by Principal James Payne and his excellent faculty, countered that trend.

Liberty Point, a Title 1 school of 790 students in the Fulton County School District, was one of a select group of schools in low-income areas (198 out of 2,210) that experienced no decline in student success during the spring of 2020, according to a research brief by Curriculum Associates. The remarkable finding is supported by data from Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready system, which Liberty Point uses for online lessons and assessments. The system is used by 25 percent of U.S. students.
In this small but mighty cohort of 198 schools, on average 88 percent of students were
connected, and they completed an average of 34 lessons in about eight weeks of instruction.

The average lesson passing rate was 81 percent. None of the schools had a passing…


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