East Atlanta Patch Schools Cited For Academic Gains
Toomer, Drew Charter and Mary Lin among schools recognized for achievements.
A handful of schools in East Atlanta Patch were cited by the Governor's Office of Academic Achievement for gains made in the last two years on the Critereon Referenced Competency Test.
Schools cited in the "Greatest Gains" category included:
- Charles R. Drew Charter School, East Lake - Platinum Award
- Toomer Elementary School, Kirkwood - Gold Award
- Kipp Strive Academy, Downtown - Gold Award
- Parkside Elementary School, Grant Park - Gold Award
- Tech High School, Reynoldstown - Gold Award
The one school cited in the "Highest Performance" category was Candler Park's Mary Lin Elementary, which received a Silver Award.
"Mary Lin is a community that thrives on parent involvement and on fundraising. Both are essential in making a quality school," said Alex Coffman,Mary Lin Parent Teacher Association president. The PTA works closely with administration to ensure support of teacher efforts and supplementing those initiatives with programs outside the students' regular school day, she told East Atlanta Patch.
"This year alone we added a new climbing structure to the playground, paid for Math Matters, a training program for teachers, increased our visiting artist program and hosted our first Boosterton fundraiser," Coffman said.
The awards are given as part of Georgia's Single Statewide Accountability System, designed to highlight those institutions that perform well and consequences for those that don't under the No Child Left Behind Act.
To win, schools must meet these minimum standards, which are based on the results of the most recent two years of CRCT for grades 1 through 8 in Reading, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science.
For high schools, the standards are based on the results of the Georgia High School Graduation Test — by first-time test takers in the 11th grade — in English/Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Criteria are based on Full Academic Year students. Both the CRCT and the GHSGT classify achievement in terms of the percent of students who do not meet standards, meet standards and exceed standards.:
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