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Title I schools noted for high performance
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Forsyth County News

For the second year in a row, three Forsyth County Title I schools have been recognized for their high performance.

The state announced this week that Cumming Elementary and Otwell and Little Mill middle schools have been named Reward Schools.

They earned the distinction for placing among the top 5 percent of Title I schools in the state with the highest absolute performance during three years for all students on statewide assessments.

Title I schools have a specific population of economically disadvantaged students and receive federal funding to help educate them.

In addition to the three award-winners, Forsyth has two other Title I schools, Chestatee and Midway elementaries.

Forsyth County School Superintendent Buster Evans offered his congratulations to the schools for their high performance.

“Our school staff members work hard each and every day to provide the best education for our student,” he said. “It is outstanding for them to be recognized by the Georgia Department of Education for ensuring that children meet state academic content and student academic achievement standards.”

This is only the second year for the Reward Schools honor. In years past, the awards were called “Distinguished Schools.”

However the change was part of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

While the name has changed, Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza said “the criteria is very similar.”