Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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November 13, 2012

Nancy M. Young: November 13, 2012

ELLAVILLE — Schley Elementary a ‘Highest Performing School’

Schley County Elementary School has been recognized as one of the "Highest Performing" schools in Georgia.

We are all extremely pleased with this accomplishment. Larry Stubbs, our superintendent, said our teachers, students, parents, Board of Education and administrators here worked timelessly to improve the education of our students.

The community support for our schools remains strong and is extremely important in what we are able to achieve. Everyone's cooperation and support are greatly appreciated.

Brian Hall, principal of Schley County Elementary, said, “We are extremely proud to be named to the rewards school list.”

Of roughly 2,289 public schools in Georgia, 78 made the rewards school list.”

This recognition is based on performance over three years and demonstrates high achievement across all subgroups. Parents, teachers, and especially students have put in a lot of work to reach this achievements.

“Highly - Performing” means a school that is among the top five percent of all Georgia Title 1 Schools in students’ test scores over a three -year period.

The Georgia Department of Education announced Oct. 31 the names of the 78  state highest performing schools.

“These schools are shining examples of what we can achieve in public education in Georgia,” State School Superintendent John Barge said in a statement. “I want to take what’s working at our Reward Schools and replicate that in every school in the state."

These are the schools making education work for all Georgians.

The High-Performing and High-Progress Schools, named "Reward Schools’ under the state's new accountability system, also managed to make significant progress in closing the achievement gaps.

There's not any school around the Schley County area that has made this High- Performing Award.

Thank you all, and congratulations to all of our  students, teachers, parents , principals, staff and Board of Education members and administrators for  your High-Performing Award.

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