GA Dept. of Ed. releases Distinguished Schools list — GOSA releases list of schools with greatest gains

This month the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) released their 2018 lists of the state’s top performing schools. GaDOE named SEBMS to its list of Title I Distinguished Schools and GOSA awarded the school a Silver award for greatest gains in student achievement. In both lists, SEBMS was one of only two schools selected in the immediate 10-county area.

“We celebrate the work of all who support our students on a daily basis – our faculty, staff, parents, community partners, and awesome students – who support one another,” said Dr. Torian White, principal of Southeast Bulloch Middle School (SEBMS).

According to the GaDOE, Distinguished Schools are among the top-five percent of all Title I schools in Georgia, when ranked according to their most recent College and Career-Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score. SEBMS’s overall 2018 CCRPI score of 85.1 (of a 100-point scale) was the highest for the school district, and it far exceed state performance levels.

The Distinguished Schools list identifies 74 schools. See the state news release and list of Distinguished Schools.

In both December 2017 and 2018, Governor Nathan Deal and GOSA recognized SEBMS as one of Georgia’s top schools for gains in student achievement. As part of the annual Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS), GOSA awarded SEBMS a Bronze Award in the Greatest Gains category in 2017, and a silver award in 2018, based on the school’s CCRPI. In 2017, only 50 school districts in the state had schools honored in this category, and SEBMS was one of only 139 schools to receive the designation. Now in 2018, only 41 school districts in the state had schools honored in this category, and SEBMS was one of only 112 schools to receive the designation. See GOSA’s news release and list of top-performing and greatest-gains schools.

“We will continue to work with our awesome faculty and staff as we help our students learn, grow, and develop,” Dr. White added.

According to GaDOE, all Distinguished Schools are now eligible to apply for the National Elementary and Secondary Education Act Distinguished Schools Program award, sponsored by the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators. Each state will select two schools for this award; those two schools are recognized nationally and will receive award funds from Title I A to support participation in the national conference.

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