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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 three of those schools are in Newton County—Liberty Middle; Alcovy High; and Newton High. Alcovy and Newton High schools were also Reward Schools last year.  The category is reserved for schools with the highest performance or the biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.

"We're very proud of these schools as they have demonstrated continued improvement in student achievement over the last three years as measured by Georgia assessments,” said Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “The staff and school leaders at each of these schools has worked diligently to ensure there is a laser-like focus on increasing student achievement through more effective teaching. The upward trajectory is promising even as we have a need to perform better-particularly in mathematics."

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.   

Each of Newton County’s Reward Schools was in the “High-Progress School” category. 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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