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Winder Barrow Middle Named to State’s ‘Reward Schools’ List

Barrow County School among those selected as "High Progress Schools."

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released a list of Reward Schools on Oct. 31, 2012 and Winder Barrow Middle School made the list as a “High Progress” school. 

Winder Barrow Middle School has been recognized as a “High Progress School” by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE).  The list of Reward Schools was published by the GaDOE on Oct. 31, 2012 and is part of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Schools may be recognized on one of two lists, a “Highest-Performing School” or a “High-Progress School.” State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge stated in a press release from the GaDOE, ““These schools are shining examples of what we can achieve in public education in Georgia. 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.”

According to the Georgia Department of Education the definition of a Reward School is as follows:

  • A “Highest-Performing School” is a Title I school among the 5 percent 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 percent 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.

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