Via Press Release:
Oct. 31, 2012 – The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) today released the list of Reward Schools as part of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
The category is reserved for schools with the highest performance or the biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.
“These schools are shining examples of what we can achieve in public education in Georgia,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. “I want to take what’s working at our Reward Schools and replicate that in every school in the state. These are the schools making education work for all Georgians.”
Reward School Definition:
A “Highest-Performing School” is a Title I school among the 5% of Title I schools in the State that has the highest absolute performance over three years for the “all students” group on the statewide assessments. A Highest-Performing School must have made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the “all students” group and all of its subgroups in 2011. A school may not be classified as a Highest-Performing School if there are significant achievement gaps across subgroups that are not closing in the school.
A “High-Progress School” is a Title I school among the 10% of Title I schools in the State that is making the most progress in improving the performance of the “all students” group over three years on the statewide assessments. A school may not be classified as a High-Progress School if there are significant achievement gaps across subgroups that are not closing in the school.
Other categories under the state’s waiver are: Priority, Focus and Alert schools.
Of the 91 Title 1 schools (40 of which are in “Needs Improvement” Status) in DeKalb County School System, how many do you think made this list as a Highest-Performing (top 5%) Reward School?
The alternative school DeKalb Early College Academy, which serves about 300 students made the list. Congratulations to them! And we mean it. This is a great program. However, it is very small and quite expensive. The last per pupil cost we have is $14,410.78 [from September, 2011]. In addition, there is another similar program in DeKalb called Gateway to College Charter that has a $16,319.21 per pupil cost. We are not sure why these two cannot combine resources.
If DeKalb had approved the Ivy Prep Academy, there would be two. Ivy Prep also made the top 5% list as a state-sponsored charter.
Three more DeKalb schools then made the “High Progress” (top 10%) list:
Cedar Grove HS, Cross Keys HS and Mary Bethune Middle School. All three have made great improvements! Congratulations!
To view the list, click this link:
Reward Schools – Highest Performing
To view the Powerpoint created by DCSS from September, 2011 under Tyson’s leadership highlighting our Title 1 program and plans for improvement they called ‘triaging’, click these links:
To view the per pupil costs comparing Title 1 schools to non-Title 1 schools, click this link:
Per Pupil Expenditures – General and Title I