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State honors local schools
Four receive platinum rank
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Four Forsyth County schools have been recognized for outstanding achievement and improvement during the 2008-09 school year on state curriculum exams and annual No Child Left Behind reviews.

Sharon and Daves Creek elementary schools and Riverwatch and Vickery Creek middle schools earned the platinum designation.

Thirteen other county schools were honored with bronze, silver or gold awards through the Georgia Single Statewide Accountability System.

The program awards schools for greatest gains and highest performance based on the exams, as well as for making adequate yearly progress, or

“Forsyth County Schools has once again set the bar high for excellence in education,” said Superintendent Buster Evans. “We congratulate our 17 award-winning schools for their efforts in promoting high achievement among all students.

“The achievement of all these schools proves that focus on standards combined with extraordinary team efforts result in great performance among our students.”

The number of years making adequate yearly progress and percentage of students meeting and exceeding standards on state exams are among the factors in the school rankings.

Piney Grove and Vickery Creek middle schools received gold and platinum, respectively, for making the greatest gain in meeting and exceeding state standards.

In so doing, the two schools also made the list for highest performance, along with 15 other schools in the district.

Other local schools on the top performance list are Sharon and Daves Creek, which were two of just 14 elementary schools statewide to achieve the platinum level.

Riverwatch was the only platinum middle school in the state for highest performance.

“The Riverwatch community is honored to received this award,” said Principal Kathy Carpenter. “Every student, teacher and parent should be proud of their efforts in helping [Riverwatch] achieve the highest level of recognition from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.”

In a statement, State School Superintendent Kathy Cox congratulated the 327 schools honored.

“Even in these very difficult economic times, the schools we are awarding continue to have a no-excuse attitude and are more focused than ever on the goal of providing a world-class education to every student,” she said.

Associate Superintendent Lissa Pijanowski said the outstanding achievement honor is more comprehensive than meeting adequate yearly progress.

In addition to reading/English language arts and math, the awards criteria include achievement in science and social studies. She also noted all four of the county’s eligible high schools were honored.

“We value these achievements and credit our teachers and leaders, as well as our outstanding students,” she said.