What’s Right With Our Schools: Teachers use ‘Data Teams’ to monitor students’ work in progress

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HOUSTON COUNTY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Houston County school leaders are using extra time to make sure their students are not falling behind.

Second grade teacher Brittany Tackett says, “Our job is ongoing all the time. We never really get a chance to stop.”

Second grade teachers and administrators at Kings Chapel Elementary meet once a month during a planning period to review what students have learned and where they’re falling behind.

“We’re always making sure that we are doing what we are supposed to do to make sure that our kids get the best education that they need,” Tackett adds.

School leaders are collaborating and finding solutions to improve students’ work inside of the classroom.

Principal William Ray says, “We’re not waiting until the end of the year to see who was successful and who wasn’t. We’re able to see monthly how our students are progressing throughout the year.”

If teachers come across a stumbling block, there’s always someone to help. So they turn to each other.

Tackett explains, “My other second grade teachers would be like well this is what we’ve done in the past and it’s worked or we did this last year .”

Data teams allows teachers and administrators to work together, collect data, and use extra time to keep all students on the road to success.

“We’re one grade,one team, one school. We’re all one body together,” Tackett adds.

This is the third year data teams have been to help improve student achievements. Kings Chapel Elementary has some of the highest test scores in the district.

 

 

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!