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Liberty Schools attribute academic success to many factors

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Teachers said the culture of learning has helped. Teachers said the culture of learning has helped.
Teacher Melissa Edgar said PLCs have helped teachers. Teacher Melissa Edgar said PLCs have helped teachers.
Students have improved in a variety of core subjects. Students have improved in a variety of core subjects.
Liberty test scores have recently risen. Liberty test scores have recently risen.
Students have also been learning Covey's 7 Habits. Students have also been learning Covey's 7 Habits.
LIBERTY, Ill. (WGEM) -

New state figures show students in the Liberty School District are doing better in core subjects.

Superintendent Kelle Bunch said on Wednesday that things like the use of professional learning communities, or PLCs, where teachers get time to collaborate with each other to help, improve the experience for students.

Bunch also said that studying Covey's 7 Habits have also helped to create a culture of learning. 

Students said they aren't surprised by the test results.

"We like to study the Covey 7 Habits, because that helps us focus on our work, and get our work in on time, which I think really really helps our grades." Fifth grade student Reid Parrish said.

Many student aren't surprised by the improvements.

"To be honest it doesn't really surprise me at all," high school senior Shane Ormond said. "Here at Liberty we work diligently in our school work all the time. Our teachers also work diligently, making sure we stay busy in completing our tasks, and I think our test scores are a direct representation of that."

"It's not a surprise." high school junior Megan Liggett said. "The teachers and administrators here are very supportive, and always 
make sure we're doing our best."

High School Math Teacher Sara Reichert said the culture of Liberty Schools plays a big role in the success.

"Our test scores are a result of the environment here." Reichert said. "It is the culture. Kids want to be challenged. Kids want to be pushed. Parents what their kids challenged."

One of the main things about that environment is the dedication to improvement. 

3rd grade teacher Melissa Edgar said that includes the use of professional learning communities allows teachers to work together, and plan.

"It's really helped us to look at each individual student, and also our groups of students, and give them what they need." Edgar said.

With their students getting better grades, teachers say it makes their hard work well worth it.

"We work really hard to reach those goals, and prepare those students, and when the results come out and we see that we've done well, we know that our hard work has paid off." High school English teacher Sheryl Miller said.

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