ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that 370 Georgia public schools are being recognized for improvement and achievement during the 2010-11 school year.
Lincoln Elementary and Robert A. Cross Middle magnet schools were among the honorees, picking up bronze awards for achievement on CRCT tests. The award is the eighth straight for Robert Cross.
“We are the beneficiaries of having the best students in the Dougherty County School System. And with great students come great parents who support the program,” Robert Cross Principal Sammie Pringle said. “We also have an outstanding staff who are dedicated to the program. We don’t have the issues facing other schools in the county and that makes it easy to do the things we do.”
The schools are being recognized under Georgia’s Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS), developed by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, to award schools based on their performance on state curriculum exams and Adequate Yearly Progress status.
“Congratulations to these 370 schools for their commitment to hard work and high academic standards,” Deal said. “The principals and teachers at these schools are to be commended for maintaining a focus on providing every student with a world-class education.”
The awards are being announced as part of the release of the 2010-11 K-12 Public Schools Report Card. The Report Card, which features the SSAS awards, was developed by GOSA and provides bottom-line data for Georgia’s preschools, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, technical colleges, and educator licensing and accreditation.
It includes school, system and state level reports organized into seven major sections: Accountability, Georgia Tests, National Tests, Indicators, Student and School Demographics, Personnel, and Comparisons.
“There are a lot of professional educators in our system that work hard everyday to give their students the skills needed for academic achievement,” said R. D. Harter, DCSS Public Information Director. “This is worthy recognition for those who achieve the highest performance levels on state measures. Congratulations to these teachers and students.”
The schools are awarded on four levels — platinum, gold, silver and bronze — in two categories:
Greatest gains: 111 schools were recognized for demonstrating significant improvement on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) or the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT).
Highest performance: 259 schools were recognized for high achievement on the CRCT or GHSGT. Lincoln Elementary and Robert Cross Middle are on the “Highest Performance” list at the bronze level.