Wednesday, November 19, 2008

279 Schools Awarded for Outstanding Performance

Governor Sonny Perdue and State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox announced today that more than 275 Georgia public schools are being recognized for improvement and achievement during the 2007-2008 school year.

The schools are being recognized under Georgia's Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS), which awards schools based on their performance on state curriculum exams and Adequate Yearly Progress status.

"These awards are just one way to say ‘thank you’ and ‘great job’ to the principals, teachers, parents and students at these schools," said State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. “This type of achievement and improvement doesn’t happen unless everyone is focused on the goal of providing a quality education to every student.”

The awards are being announced as part of the release of the 2007-2008 K-12 Public Schools Report Card. The recognized schools will receive a letter and a banner announcing the award.

"Governor Perdue and I are pleased to recognize schools that the data shows are getting great results," said Jennifer Rippner Buck, Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Student Achievement. "Congratulations to the staff and students at these 279 schools that are leading the state in student achievement and student improvement."

The schools are awarded on four levels -- Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze -- in two categories (see full criteria below):

Greatest gains: Schools that showed the greatest improvement in scores on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) or the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT)
Highest performance: Schools that demonstrated the highest achievement on the CRCT or GHSGT

There were eight schools this year that received awards for both Greatest Gains (GG) and Highest Performance (HP):

- Dacula High School, Gwinnett County (Platinum GG, Bronze HP)
- Eagle’s Landing High School, Henry County (Platinum GG, Bronze HP)
- Fort Daniel Elementary School, Gwinnett County (Platinum GG, Bronze HP)
- Gainesville High School, Gainesville City (Gold GG, Silver HP)
- Hillgrove High School, Cobb County (Silver GG and HP)
- North Forsyth Middle School, Forsyth County (Platinum GG and Bronze HP)
- Riverwood High School, Fulton County (Silver GG and HP)
- South Forsyth Middle School, Forsyth County (Platinum GG, Silver HP)
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