GSCSC named 2011-12 Title I Distinguished District

Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge on Thursday announced that the Griffin-Spalding County School System has been designated a Title I Distinguished District.

Title I schools have significant populations of students who are economically disadvantaged. These schools receive federal money to assist with the education of their students.

The state of Georgia has 824 schools that have made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for a minimum of three consecutive years, earning the title of Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools.

“With the academic bar increasing each year, it is not easy to continue making AYP,” Barge said. “These 824 schools have proven that it can be done even when there are challenges.”

Schools that make AYP for three years receive a certificate, with schools succeeding in making AYP eight years or more receive a monetary award, paid for out of federal funds.

In addition, the state recognizes school systems in four categories – Large District, Medium District, Small District and Very Small District – by naming Distinguished Districts. This designation rewards systems that attain the greatest achievement in closing the gap between economically disadvantaged students and those students within the school system who do not classify for such classification.

To determine this achievement, officials evaluate results of the reading, English language arts and mathematics portions of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) and the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSCT).

The Griffin-Spalding County School System was honored as the Title I Distinguished District in the Large District category, with Carrollton City, Ben Hill County and Chickamauga City also being recognized in the remaining categories.

Each winning district is awarded $50,000 from federal funds.

“These schools are showing that high expectations, coupled with effective educators in the building, produce outstanding student achievement,” Barge said. “I’m very pleased to recognize the educators, students and parents in these schools and school districts.”

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