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Schools lauded for gains
Taylors Creek, Waldo Pafford receive awards
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Waldo Pafford Principal Dorothy Cottom - photo by Photo provided.
Two Liberty County schools have received statewide recognition from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement for their improvement and achievement during the 2008-09 school year.
Taylors Creek was recognized with a Gold Award for Greatest Gain. The school’s students reached adequate yearly progress status two years in a row, with more than 30 percent of students exceeding standards and showing the greatest gains in the 97th percentile range.
“TCE received the Silver Award in 2006, and we have been working hard to earn the Gold Award,” Taylors Creek Principal Debbie Rodriguez said. “We set goals, stay focused on learning and will do whatever it takes for students to meet the standards. It is so exciting to celebrate the hard work of our students, staff and parents.”
Waldo Pafford was recognized with a Silver Award for Greatest Gain. The students there reached AYP status two years running, as well, with more than one-quarter of the students exceeding standards and showing the greatest gains in the 96th percentile range.
“We were all very excited about receiving the Silver Award,” Waldo Pafford Principal Dorothy Cottom said. “At our school, student achievement is No. 1. Special recognition goes out to the teachers who have worked hard on a daily basis to meet the needs of all the students in the classroom. Thanks to the hard work of the teachers and students, it was possible for Waldo Pafford to be the proud recipient of the award.”
Cottom added that her teachers’ collaborative efforts to plan instruction, share common formative assessments and review and discuss the results of student work contribute to improving instruction. “Our professional learning activities are closely correlated to student instruction in the classroom and areas in need of improvement,” she said.
Cottom shared a copy of the letter she received from the executive director of the governor’s office, Kathleen Mathers, in which Mathers wrote: “It takes the collaborative effort of teachers, principals and parents working with students to reap this level of success, and I applaud your entire school community for this accomplishment.”
Students at award-winning schools meet these criteria based on results from Criterion Referenced Competency Tests, which cover reading, English-language arts, math, social studies and science.
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