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District receives 17 achievement awards
North, South Middle each honored twice
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Forsyth County News

At a glance

Fifteen Forsyth County schools won a total of 17 statewide accountability system awards. The awards — platinum, gold, silver and bronze — are broken into two categories.

• Greatest gains
Sawnee Elementary and North Forsyth, Otwell and South Forsyth middle schools each received platinum

• Highest performance
Elementary schools: Big Creek and Sharon, platinum; Daves Creek, Mashburn and Vickery, gold; Settles Bridge, silver; and Chattahoochee and Johns Creek, bronze
Middle schools: Riverwatch, gold; South Forsyth, silver; and North Forsyth, bronze
High schools: South Forsyth, silver; and West Forsyth, bronze

Half of Forsyth County’s schools have received state achievement awards for improvement and achievement during the 2007-08 school year.

Two of the schools, North and South Forsyth Middle, received awards in each category.

According to a report from the district, 15 of its 30 schools were among 279 statewide honored by Gov. Sonny Perdue and state Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox under the Single Statewide Accountability System.

Schools are awarded based on performance on state curriculum exams and their adequate yearly progress status, a measurement of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Buster Evans congratulated the honorees, saying the district has once again “set the bar high for excellence in education.”

Platinum, gold, silver and bronze awards were awarded in two categories.

Schools that met requirements for greatest gains category showed the most improvement in scores on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test or the Georgia High School Graduation Test.

Honors in the highest performance category went to schools that demonstrated the highest achievement on the tests.   
Evans commended North and South Forsyth Middle, which were also among the district’s 17 schools that won a total of 19 awards for the 2006-07 school year.

North Principal Jeff Hunt said the school staff was “thrilled” with the recognition.

“Our school’s vision is that we will support this fine community through our dedication to learning,” he said. “We simply could not be more proud that our fine students have received another accolade.”

Debbie Sarver, the principal at South, was equally pleased.

“I am so proud of our students, teachers and parents,” she said. “Everything we do ... is a community effort and the results, being student achievement, are priceless.

“I really cannot tell you how hard our teachers work every day, planning, designing work and assessing progress.”
Cox said in a statement that the awards are a way to thank principals, teachers, parents and students and tell them they’ve done a “great job.”

“This type of achievement and improvement doesn’t happen unless everyone is focused on the goal of providing a quality education to every student,” Cox said.

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