Tue, May 22, 2018 07:22 AM
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
LCHS garners award
School shows improvement
LOUISA — In results gleaned from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Lawrence County High School has been identified as being one of 50 schools dramatically improving through the High Schools That Work initiative.

Mary Johnson of the Southern Regional Education Board said Lawrence County High School was cited by students and parents as excelling in four key categories — high expectations, extra help, guidance and assistance, and continuous improvement.

Students and parents Lawrence County "high school teachers give them standards up front, that teachers are available for help, that assistance is available before, during and after school, that there is a strong system of guidance in place and students get a comprehensive four-year plan of education," Johnson said.

Johnson said teachers in the NAEP results show school leadership has created a climate of continual improvement.

"Trying new things is encouraged and leadership is involved in helping teachers plan and implement new approaches," Johnson said. "These are significant categories in which to be recognized ... these results show Lawrence County High School is taking steps to make dramatic improvements."

There are 1,200 high schools in 27 states that participate in the High Schools That Work initiative.

Lawrence County High School Principal Cassandra Webb was pleased with the rankings, but also confident that the school still has much to do to continue improvement.

"We consider it an honor to be on the list of most improving schools," Webb said. "We realize, however, that we still have much to do to continue improvements. We want to continue to enhance the process of student achievement."

Board of Education member Dave Baldridge was also pleased with the news.

"It is good to know that improvements are being made," Baldridge said. "It is good news and we welcome good news. It shows somebody is doing something right somewhere and I hope that as a board of education we can assist in continuing that momentum."

Superintendent Eddie Michael also sounded a positive note at the report.

"We are pleased to see progress," Michael said. "Any time somebody recognizes you are making progress in the area of student achievement it is a good thing."

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