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September 16, 2014

The Georgia Department of Education has released a list of Reward Schools as part of the state’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver and two of those schools are in Newton County—Mansfield Elementary School and Rocky Plains Elementary School.  The Reward School category is reserved for schools with either the highest performance or the biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.

“The students, staff, teachers and leaders of Mansfield and Rocky Plains are to be commended for their hard work, focus, and commitment to continuous improvement,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent of Newton County Schools. “Mansfield Elementary School’s students have been recognized for their outstanding performance. Their results are among the top five percent of the highest performing Title I schools! This achievement is no small feat!  Congratulations to the entire Mansfield community and team.”

Fuhrey added, “Rocky Plains’ students have been recognized for their progress. Their scores place them among the top 10 percent of Title I schools in Georgia to have demonstrated improved results for students. This recognition is a testament to the targeted and detailed work of the Rocky Plains team. Congratulations to the Rocky Plains community and team!”

Reward Schools are classified in one of two categories—Highest-Performing School and High-Progress School. 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 school may not be classified as a Highest-Performing School if it has been identified as a Priority, Focus, or Alert 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 it has been identified as a Priority, Focus, or Alert School.   

Mansfield Elementary School was a “Highest Performing” Reward School while Rocky Plains was a “Highest Progress” Reward School.  According to Matt Cardoza, Director of Communications for the Georgia Department of Education, data used for Reward School identification was pulled from the years 2010, 2011, and 2012.

For more information contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of public relations for Newton County Schools, at davis-viniard.sherri@newton.k12.ga.us.

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