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More than half of all Forsyth County schools receive award
Accolades recognize greatest gains and highest performing

For the last few years, more than half of Forsyth County’s public schools have been recognized by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement for continued high academic performance and/or growth.

This year is no different.

Data recently released by the office shows that 21 county schools out of Forsyth’s 35 – 14 elementary, 5 middle and 2 high schools – received either the greatest gains or highest performing Single Statewide Accountability System Award awards, with nine schools receiving both.

The governor’s office used College and Career Ready Performance Index data from the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017 school years to determine the winners.

Each award category has a platinum, gold, silver and bronze tier, and greatest gains schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI progress score in at least the 93rd percentile to be named a winner.

Highest performing schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI Achievement Score in at least the 93rd percentile.

“Congratulations to our staff for their continued commitment to preparing and inspiring all learners to lead and succeed,” said FCS Superintendent Jeff Bearden. “We are fortunate to have dedicated students and supportive home, school and community connections that make academic, social and emotional success for all students a priority.”

In total, 226 Georgia public schools in 54 districts were awarded either a greatest gains or highest performing award.

This year, 139 schools across 50 districts received the greatest gains award, with 142 schools across 24 districts received the highest performing award.

Fifty-five schools in 17 districts are award winners in both categories. GOSA emphasized that “at least 60 percent of eligible schools in Buford City, Decatur City, Forsyth County and Heard County received awards”.

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