This action is part of the state’s 2012 waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which contained the No Child Left Behind requirements.
The Reward school status replaces the ESEA’s Title 1 Distinguished category.
In Henry County, McDonough Elementary School earned classification as a Reward school with the highest progress.
A high-progress school is in the 10 percent of Title I schools in Georgia making the most progress in improving the performance of the “all students” group over three years on the statewide assessments.
McDonough Elementary Principal Jolie Hardin said she and her staff appreciated the honor.
“The faculty works incredibly hard to provide our students with an outstanding education. They spend countless hours in job-embedded professional learning to learn best practices that meet the needs of the varying learning styles and abilities of our students,” she said.
Hardin said as the new principal, she built on the best practices of her predecessor.
“The previous principal, Gena Williams, did an incredible job putting practices in place that require teachers to dig deep into data to help make informed decisions about teaching strategies,” she said.
Henry County High School, which was on the Priority list in 2012, celebrated its recent release from that status.
Priority schools have a graduation rate of less than 60 percent over two years or are Title I schools with the lowest achievement of the “all students” group on the statewide assessments and a lack of progress on those assessments over three years.
“The students, staff, and members of the Henry County High community have worked diligently over the past several years to accelerate success for students at the school,” Superintendent Ethan Hildreth said in a statement. “Their hard work has resulted in increasing graduation rates, heightened test scores and a school culture that is focused on ensuring success for every student. We could not be more proud of their hard work.”