Governor Nathan Deal, along with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) recently announced the list of Georgia schools who achieved the greatest gains and were the highest performing. About 10 percent of the schools on the list are in the Cobb County School District.
The school awards, developed by GOSA and approved by the State Board of Education (SBOE), are part of Georgia’s Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS). Highest Performing schools must earn a three-year average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) Content Mastery Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile. Greatest Gains schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI Progress Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile. Each award category has four tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. To account for changes made to the 2018 CCRPI, GOSA revised the criteria for the 2018 SSAS awards.
Wheeler High School is one the five Cobb schools that earned a Gold Award for exhibiting a high growth in student achievement. Over the last three years, Wheeler has been in the top 3 percent of schools in the state. The other Gold Award winners include Dodgen Middle School, Garrison Mill Elementary School, Hillgrove High School, and Walton High School.
Two Cobb high schools ranked among the top 99 percentile for schools with the greatest gains. For that achievement, Lassiter High School and Harrison High School both received Platinum awards. Lassiter also scored a Platinum award for being one of the highest performing schools in Georgia. Walton earned the same Platinum designation.
Cobb high schools were not the only standouts on the state’s list of high achieving schools.
Clarkdale Elementary School is one of the six elementary and middle schools in Cobb to receive a Bronze Award for Greatest Gains. Clarkdale, like the other Cobb schools, maintained a three-year average CCRPI Progress Score in at least the 93rd percentile in the state. As a Bronze Award recipient, Clarkdale is joined by Dickerson Middle School, Hightower Trail Middle School, Kemp Elementary School, Murdock Elementary School, and Palmer Middle School.
Addison Elementary School and Sprayberry High School ranked in the top 95 percent of schools with the greatest gains, which earned the schools Silver Awards.
In addition to the Cobb high schools, which made the list of Georgia’s highest performing schools, two elementary schools, and one middle school made the elite group. Mount Bethel Elementary School earned a Gold Award and Kemp Elementary School, a silver award. Simpson Middle School earned a Bronze Award for highest performing.
These most recent state awards recognizing the success of Cobb Schools, teachers, and students continue the trend shown by the 2018 SAT scores, ACT scores, which show Cobb leading the state and the nation.