The Georgia Governor's Office of Student Achievement has recognized 19 of Fayette County's 28 public schools for high academic performance during the 2010-2011 school year.
Across Fayette's system, 11 elementary, four middle and four high schools received award designations of platinum, gold, silver or bronze based on their performance on state curriculum exams and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status.
The awards are calculated through the Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS) and are based on the schools statewide that made the greatest academic gains and those demonstrating the highest performance.
A total of 370 awards were given statewide.
"I am very proud of our students, faculty and staff for the outstanding academic achievement of our student body. Time after time, regardless of the assessment, Fayette County students excel at all grade levels and in all content areas." said Superintendent Jeff Bearden.
The state awards were given in two categories: greatest gain, for schools that showed the greatest improvement in scores on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) or the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT); and highest performance for schools that demonstrated the highest achievement on the CRCT or GHSGT.
Fayette's Platinum Highest Performance Award recipients included Kedron Elementary, Peeples Elementary, Tyrone Elementary and McIntosh High. These schools made AYP for three consecutive years with a minimum of 35 percent of students exceeding standards and 98 percent or more meeting and exceeding standards.
Platinum Greatest Gain Award winners included North Fayette Elementary and Sandy Creek High for making AYP for three consecutive years with a minimum of 35 percent of students exceeding standards and scoring in the 98th percentile of greatest gains. Sandy Creek High School was the only Fayette school to receive an award in both categories.
Fayette schools also scored in the Gold, Silver and Bronze categories. A Gold Highest Performance Award went to Braelinn Elementary, Peachtree City Elementary and Starr's Mill High. These schools made AYP for two consecutive years with a minimum of 30 percent of students exceeding standards and 97 percent or more meeting and exceeding standards.
The Silver Highest Performance Award went to five schools including Huddleston Elementary, Crabapple Lane Elementary, Spring Hill Elementary, Brooks Elementary and Rising Starr Middle. These schools made AYP for two consecutive years with a minimum of 25 of students exceeding standards and 96 percent or more meeting and exceeding standards:
Rounding out the award winners were those receiving the Bronze Highest Performance Award. Those included Sara Harp Minter Elementary, Bennett's Mill Middle, J.C. Booth Middle, Whitewater Middle, Sandy Creek High and Whitewater High. These schools made AYP with a minimum of 20 percent of students exceeding standards and 95 percent or more meeting and exceeding standards.