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Education Notebook: Houston, Bibb schools honored by governor’s office

Several schools in Houston and Bibb counties have received Single Statewide Accountability System awards from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.

The schools are recognized based on their Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status and the most recent two years of scores on the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) for elementary and middle school students, as well as Georgia High School Graduation Test results.

The state recognizes schools for either making the greatest achievement gains or for having the highest percentage of students meeting standards.

To be recognized as either a Highest Performance or Greatest Gains school, each must meet the following criteria, according to the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement:

Bronze: Cannot be in Needs Improvement status under AYP, must have more than 20 percent of students exceeding standards, 95 percent of all students either meeting or exceeding standards (Highest Performance) or be in the 95th percentile of greatest gains (Greatest Gains)

Silver: Must meet AYP for two consecutive years, more than 25 percent of students exceeding standards, 96 percent of all students either meeting or exceeding standards (Highest Performance) or be in the 96th percentile of greatest gains (Greatest Gains)

Gold: Must meet AYP for two consecutive years, more than 30 percent of students exceeding standards, 97 percent of all students either meeting or exceeding standards (Highest Performance) or be in the 97th percentile of greatest gains (Greatest Gains)

Platinum: Must meet AYP for three consecutive years, more than 35 percent of students exceeding standards, 98 percent of all students either meeting or exceeding standards (Highest Performance) or be in the 98th percentile of greatest gains (Greatest Gains)

The Houston County Career and Technology Center was recognized at the bronze level for both the Highest Performance and Greatest Gains categories.

In the district, Bonaire and Quail Run elementary schools were also recognized at the gold level for Highest Performance, and Matt Arthur Elementary was recognized in the same category at the bronze level.

In Bibb County, Alexander II Magnet was a Highest Performance school in the bronze category.

Peach school board chooses chairman, vice chairman

The Peach County school board chose Jamie Johnson to serve as its chairman and Ben McDaniel as its vice chairman at a Tuesday meeting.

Both will serve in those roles for two years.

Johnson succeeds previous chairman Jody Usry, who left the board in December. Johnson served as the previous board vice chair.

The board also welcomed two new members at Tuesday’s meeting: Donald Williams, who replaces former board member Kay Whitley, and Butch Hammack, who takes Usry’s place.

Baldwin to speak at FVSU

Historian, author and professor Lewis Baldwin will speak at Fort Valley State University on Wednesday as part of its John W. Davison Lecture Series. The event will take place at the Pettigrew Center at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The topic was announced as “Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. in the Age of Obama.”

The lecture series will also bring TV personality, physician and author Ian K. Smith to campus March 9 and news anchor and radio personality Jacque Reid on March 23.

Compiled by Telegraph staff writer Andrea Castillo.

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