DOE applauds schools for improvement and achievement. Is your school on the list anywhere?

I’m hesitant to post this link to top achieving schools based on test scores — given all the skepticism here about the validity of state testing.

But DOE has issued a list of schools making notable achievement and progress in the CRCT, the EOCT, the state writing test and the Georgia High School Graduation Test.

Here is the DOE release and here is a link to the winners, many of which are in metro Atlanta.

State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox today announced the winners of the second annual Superintendent’s Distinguished Achievement Awards.

These awards honor schools for high achievement and the greatest improvement on state curriculum tests. A certificate is being sent to the winning schools acknowledging their achievement.

“We are honoring schools that showed the greatest improvement and highest achievement on our state tests,” said State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. “These awards are just a small way of saying “thank you” for the hard work put in by our teachers, students and school communities. Congratulations to all the winners!”

The Superintendent’s Distinguished Achievement Awards are based on the performance of students on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT), the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT), the End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) and the state Writing Tests. These awards acknowledge schools in two categories:
- IMPROVEMENT: The 10 schools in each honored subject area and grade that had the greatest improvement in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards.
- ACHIEVEMENT: The 10 schools in each honored subject area and grade that had the highest percentage of students score in the exceeds category.
Of the Improvement winners, Superintendent Cox said: “Moving the needle as quickly as these schools have takes collaboration, dedication and focus.”
Of the Achievement winners, Superintendent Cox said: “These are the schools that have large numbers of students performing at the highest levels of achievement. This type of performance is the result of high expectations and hard work.”

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September 29th, 2009
12:03 pm

Let the record show that all talk of ‘failing schools’ has nothing to do with those in East Cobb, as they ROCK!

Students and teachers of East Cobb – WELL DONE!


September 29th, 2009
1:46 pm

I’m a former educator and the lists don’t surprise me. However, I think they do show that strong high school test scores (which is what everyone tends to focus on) are strongly correlated with elementary school scores. Just glancing through some of these lists, is it any wonder Walton seemingly always leads the area in test scores when its feeder elementary and middle schools have a presence on just about every list the DOE just released? The same pattern, albeit to a lesser extent, seems to occur in other “high performing” school districts I glanced at (looking mostly at the Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett areas here). So when we talk about improving SAT scores, ACT scores, etc. everyone needs to understand that improving these scores starts from bottom (elementary level) up and not top down.

jim d

September 29th, 2009
4:30 pm

Their applause is akin to Nero’s playing the fiddle while Rome burned,


September 29th, 2009
9:33 pm

“Desire for approval and recognition is a healthy motive but the desire to be acknowledged as better, stronger or more intelligent than a fellow being or fellow scholar easily leads to an excessively egoistic psychological adjustment, which may become injurious for the individual and for the community.”
–Albert Einstein

It really isn’t hard to understand why our public education systems love to produce losers and will come up with all manner of artificially scarce resources to create them.


September 30th, 2009
8:48 am

My daughters high school is on that list, happy no not really. The results are a reflection of schools that can hand pick students, nothing more. The teachers do work hard (thank you), but they do not face some of the problems teachers and students have at the “low performing” schools.