Tuesday, March 28, 2006

School Brag

Lilburn Elementary named 2006 Georgia School of Excellence
From the Gwinnett County Schools website

The faculty and staff and students of Lilburn Elementary got some great news earlier this month when state School Superintendent Kathy Cox announced that the school was the Georgia School of Excellence (SOE) for Congressional District 13, one of 20 schools in the state recognized this year.

Lilburn Elementary was selected for showing the greatest gains for student achievement in reading/language arts and math over three years. The honor reflects Lilburn students' performance on the state?s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT), administered each spring.

"This recognition is a tribute to our staff and students," says Lilburn Elementary Principal Jackie Beasley. "Our Local School Plan for Improvement (LSPI) has provided a process for continual improvements in student achievement. We focused on a collaborative, school-based improvement team, empowered to select instructional strategies based on a careful and ongoing review of the data. We are elated that strategic use of these tools, in the hands of dedicated and skilled professionals, produced such great gains in student learning."

The SOE program recognizes schools that show significant improvement as well as those with performance in the top 10% of schools. In each congressional district, one winner is selected in each of the two categories from among qualifying schools. While the data-driven selection model has test scores as its foundation, it also looks at No Child Left Behind status, staff qualifications, and safety records. Schools must have at least five years in operation and can only be named a SOE once every five years. Schools will be honored at May 5 event.

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