Two Liberty County schools are on the Highest-Progress School list of the Georgia Department of Education’s 2015-16 Title I Reward Schools, which was released Dec. 11.
For the third consecutive year, Button Gwinnett Elementary was named a 2015 Reward School based on highest academic progress, according to a news release from school board.
Joining BGE, is Joseph Martin Elementary.
A highest progress school is ranked among the top 10 percent of the state’s Title I schools, making the most progress in improving the academic performance of all student groups over three years on the statewide assessments.
“We are honored to receive this recognition,” JME Principal Rebecca Mock said. “It is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, students and parents.”
BGE Principal Delores Crawford said, “I am extremely proud of our staff, students, parents and district leaders. We would not be enjoying this moment of success, being named a reward school for the third consecutive year, without the collaborative effort of all stakeholders. Continuous progress takes teamwork, and we have it here at Button Gwinnett Elementary School.”
District administrator echoed those sentiments.
“I am very appreciative of the work the administration, teachers, and staff have done to improve student learning and achievement at Button Gwinnett and Joseph Martin,” Liberty County Superintendent Dr. Valya S. Lee said. “I am especially proud of my fine students who continue to make gains specific to meeting and exceeding expectations.”
Schools are designated Title I schools when many of the students’ economic situations qualify them for free and reduced meals.
State School Superintendent Richard Woods said the reward schools deserve recognition.
“These schools and districts are working against the odds to provide opportunities for their students,” Woods said. “These excellent outcomes translate into changed lives for thousands of students, and I can’t overstate how proud we are of all those who worked to make it happen.”