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More Than 250 Schools Receive State Academic Awards

MEDIA CONTACTS  - GaDOE Communications Office: (404) 463-1543,    - Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA): (404) 463-1160,     More than 250 schools are receiving state awards for student achievement and academic improvement, Governor Sonny Perdue and State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox announced today.   Schools from all across the state were given the awards based on 2006-2007 performance on state curriculum assessments, the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) or Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT). The award winners are determined by the Governor's Office of Student Achievement, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Education, based on the Single Statewide Accountability System (see more information below).   "These award-winning schools are laser-focused on giving students the instruction and support they need to be successful," said State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. "They are not only creating a brighter future for our children, they are creating a brighter future for our state by nuturing our next generation of citizens."   Jennifer Rippner, Executive Director of GOSA, said: "Governor Perdue and I believe it is very important to use our data to recognize the schools that are showing the greatest results. These are the schools that are reaching the highest levels and showing the greatest improvements."   There are four levels of awards -- Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze -- that are distributed in two categories.    STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT : Schools that have a very high percentage of students meeting standards on the CRCT or GHSGT as well as a significant percentage exceeding standards. Other benchmarks must be met as well.    GREATEST GAINS : Schools that showed the greatest improvement in CRCT or GHSGT scores and had a significant percentage of students who exceeded standards on the tests. Other benchmarks must be met as well.   Award-winning schools will receive banners and a commendation from Governor Sonny Perdue.   Awards for highest achievement were given to 153 schools and 110 schools received greatest gain awards. There were seven (7) schools that received awards for both highest achievement and greatest gains. Superintendent Cox and Ms. Rippner will visit these schools on Monday, Oct. 29 to present them with their banners. The seven schools are:   Kemp Elementary (Cobb County) - 9:30 - 9:45 a.m.  Battlefield Primary (Catoosa County) - 10:30 - 10:45 a.m.  Big A Elementary (Stephens County) - 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.   Dawson County High Schools (Dawson County) - 1:00 - 1:15 p.m.   Liberty Middle School (Forsyth County) - 1:45 - 2:00 p.m.   Fulton Science Academy (Fulton County) - 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.   South Forsyth Middle School (Forsyth County) - 3:15 - 3:30 p.m.     MORE INFORMATION :  About the awards and the Single Statewide Accountability System:      Award Winners    Highest Performance    Greatest Gains    Award Criteria