The Georgia Department of Education recently released the list of 2019-2020 Reward Schools, which includes seven schools in the Cobb County School District including:
- Barber Middle School
- Birney Elementary School
- Compton Elementary School
- Garrett Middle School
- Milford Elementary School
- Norton Park Elementary School
- Powder Springs Elementary School
Reward schools are ranked among the greatest-improving 10% of Title I Schoolwide schools and Title I Targeted Assistance schools based on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) for the 2018-2019 school year. The recognized schools also maintain the performance of their economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and English learners.
“While we are focused on continuous improvement for all schools, it’s also essential that we recognize when schools are doing well,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods. “These schools are overcoming barriers, meeting challenges, and producing great gains for their students. I commend the school leaders, teachers, parents and communities in our 2019-20 Distinguished and Reward Schools who are opening up opportunities for their students.”
Garrett Middle School is an excellent example of how Cobb’s Title I schools stand out for their success on the most recent CCRPI. With a 14.6-point increase, Garrett is one of the most improved middle schools in all of Cobb County.
Birney Elementary School and Milford Elementary School students raised their CCRPI scores by 16.5 points, followed closely by Norton Park Elementary School with a 16.2-point increase. Compton Elementary School (14 points) and Powder Springs Elementary School (15.4 points) also saw their scores rise by double digits. Barber Middle School was close behind with a 9.1-point increase.
“With the help of tools like the Cobb Teaching and Learning System, our teachers are focused on providing individualized instruction for every student. As each assessment returns higher and higher scores, we are seeing the positive results of teachers being able to identify where a student needs tailored instruction to increase success,” said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale.