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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:

  • , East Lake - Platinum Award
  • , 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 , 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.:

Under "Greatest Gains":

Criteria: Platinum
Schools
Gold
Schools
Silver
Schools
Bronze
Schools
AYP Status AYP for 3 consecutive years AYP for 2 consecutive years AYP for 2 consecutive years No Needs Improvement status Exceeds Standards At least 35% of students exceed standards At least 30% of students exceed standards At least 25% of students exceed standards At least 20% of students exceed standards Meets + Exceeds Gain 98th percentile of greatest gains 97th percentile of greatest gains 96th percentile of greatest gains 95th percentile of greatest gains

Under "Highest Performance":

Criteria: Platinum
Schools
Gold
Schools
Silver
Schools
Bronze
Schools
AYP Status AYP for 3 consecutive years AYP for 2 consecutive years AYP for 2 consecutive years No Needs Improvement status Exceeds Standards At least 35% of students exceed standards At least 30% of students exceed standards At least 25% of students exceed standards At least 20% of students exceed standards Meets + Exceeds Gain 98% or more meet and exceed standards 97% or more meet and exceed standards 96% or more meet and exceed standards 95% or more meet and exceed standards

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