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Forsyth County schools receive state awards
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FORSYTH COUNTY -- More than half of the public schools in Forsyth County were recently recognized by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement for continued high academic performance and/or growth.

The Single Statewide Accountability System, or SSAS, awards used College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) data from the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years to determine platinum, gold, silver and bronze honors in two categories — greatest gains and highest performing.

“The state’s release of 2014-15 data for the 2015 CCRPI has highlighted the outstanding work and continued progress of our schools. We congratulate our 20 schools that received a total of 31 SSAS awards,” Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Jeff Bearden said.

Earlier this year, the Georgia Department of Education announced the annual CCRPI scores. Forsyth County Schools earned the highest system-wide score in the state.

For the SSAS awards, greatest gains schools exhibit “high growth in student achievement by earning a three-year average CCRPI progress score in at least the 93rd percentile in the state.”

Schools must also maintain their single score range and cannot be placed on the state’s Priority or Focus School lists.

Schools whose three-year average CCRPI progress score is in the 99th percentile were given platinum awards. Those in the 97th percentile received a gold award.

A 95th percentile merited a silver award, and a 93rd percentile a bronze.

Highest performing schools exhibit “high academic performance by earning a three-year average CCRPI achievement score in at least the 93rd percentile.”

The three-year average CCRPI achievement gap score must be at or above the 75th percentile to “ensure the performance of the bottom 25 percent of a school’s students is not lagging.”

“Our district,” Bearden said, “is truly fortunate to have exceptional teachers and support staff committed to providing the very best education for the children of Forsyth County.”