Monday, January 10, 2011

Esther Jackson recognized for academic excellence

Congratulations to the teachers, administrators, students and parents as Esther Jackson Elementary is recognized as a school making "Greatest Gains" on CRCT scores. EJ ROCKS!!

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Thirty-four Fulton schools recognized for achievement

The year 2011 has started well for 34 schools in Fulton County with the news that they are being highlighted for improving and promoting academic excellence. The Georgia Department of Education and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement annually announces a list of schools that are making great strides in educating students.

The Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS) recognition program awarded 34 Fulton County schools – an increase from the previous year’s 31 schools – in two categories, Greatest Gains and Highest Performance.

“We are thrilled any time that our schools are recognized for high performance and increasing students’ achievement levels,” said Superintendent Cindy Loe. “This is yet another indication that our schools are hitting the mark when it comes to educating students.”

Schools in the Greatest Gains category showed the greatest improvement in scores on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) or the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT). Those in the Highest Performance category demonstrated the highest achievement on the CRCT or GHSGT. Awards are granted in four levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. (See chart for a description of awards criteria)

In addition, Riverwood International Charter School was featured in both the Greatest Gains and the High Performance category. Of the 345 schools listed statewide, Riverwood is one of only 17 schools statewide to receive awards in both categories.

The SSAS award structure combines criteria for making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a cornerstone of the No Child Left Behind act, with performance data on state curriculum exams.

Single Statewide Accountability System – 2010 Awards
Greatest Gains Category:
Stonewall Tell Elementary School

High Point Elementary School
Esther Jackson Elementary School
Riverwood International Charter School

Independence High School

Highest Performance Category:
Crabapple Crossing Elementary School
Mountain Park Elementary School
State Bridge Crossing Elementary School
Wilson Creek Elementary School
Alpharetta High School
Northview High School

Dolvin Elementary School
Findley Oaks Elementary School
New Prospect Elementary School
River Trail Middle School
Shakerag Elementary School
Summit Hill Elementary School
Fulton Science Academy
Chattahoochee High School
Milton High School

Barnwell Elementary School
Creek View Elementary School
Heards Ferry Elementary School
Medlock Bridge Elementary School
Autrey Mill Middle School
Northwestern Middle School
Webb Bridge Middle School
Riverwood International Charter School

Abbotts Hill Elementary School
Birmingham Falls Elementary School
Ocee Elementary School
Sweet Apple Elementary School
Taylor Road Middle School
Crabapple Middle School
Johns Creek High School