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Nine Gwinnett schools make state honor roll

LAWRENCEVILLE - Nine Gwinnett County schools made the honor roll Tuesday as they were highlighted by State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox as schools that lead the state in student achievement and improvement.

Simpson Elementary, Alton C. Crews Middle, Glenn C. Jones Middle, Frank N. Osborne Middle, Brookwood High, Buchanan High-Gwinnett County Online Campus, Gwinnett InterVention Education (GIVE) Centers East and West and the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology are among a group of Georgia schools honored in the inaugural year of the Superintendent's Distinguished Achievement Awards. The program honors schools that are having the highest achievement and making the greatest gains on state assessments.

"As a district, we are very proud of these schools and their records of achievement and dedication to improvement," said Steve Flynt, the school district's chief academic officer. "While a number of these schools have earned recognition over the years for sustaining high achievement levels, others are relative newcomers to this type of recognition ... serving as a testament to the fine teaching and learning found in schools throughout Gwinnett County and our dedication to challenging all students to higher levels of achievement."

Crews Middle received nine awards, the most in Gwinnett County. Vince Botta, the school's principal, attributed the school's success to the "exciting environment" provided for students, as well as the "phenomenal faculty and staff and fantastic community support."

"It's very gratifying for the community because of the amount of support they pour into the school," Botta said. "I think it's really neat Kathy Cox has taken the initiative to do this. ... I think it will be a real encouragement to the parents."

The nine Gwinnett schools were recognized as follows:

Simpson Elementary (based on Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests results):

· First grade achievement in reading, 77.6 percent exceeded the standard

· First grade achievement in mathematics, 76.1 percent exceeded the standard

· Third grade achievement in reading, 77.9 percent exceeded the standard

· Third grade achievement in mathematics, 79.3 percent exceeded the standard

· Fourth grade achievement in reading, 75.3 percent exceeded the standard

· Fourth grade achievement in mathematics, 64 percent exceeded the standard

· Fourth grade achievement in social studies, 80.9 percent exceeded the standard

Alton C. Crews Middle (based on CRCT results):

· Sixth grade achievement in English/language arts, 58 percent exceeded the standard

· Sixth grade achievement in mathematics, 42.6 percent exceeded the standard

· Sixth grade achievement in science, 33.6 percent exceeded the standard

· Seventh grade achievement in reading, 39 percent exceeded the standard

· Seventh grade achievement in mathematics, 65.4 percent exceeded the standard

· Seventh grade achievement in science, 65.8 percent exceeded the standard

· Eighth grade achievement in reading, 51.7 percent exceeded the standard

· Eighth grade achievement in science, 37.2 percent exceeded the standard

· Eighth grade achievement in social studies, 39.2 percent exceeded the standard

Glenn C. Jones Middle(based on CRCT results):

· Eighth grade achievement in mathematics, 51.1 percent exceeded the standard

Frank N. Osborne Middle (based on CRCT results):

· Sixth grade achievement in science, 35.2 percent exceeded the standard

· Seventh grade achievement in science, 59.5 percent exceeded the standard

· Eighth grade achievement in social studies, 40.6 percent exceeded the standard

Brookwood High (based on Georgia High School Graduation Test results):

· Achievement in Science, 79.38 percent in advanced and honors

Buchanan High-Gwinnett County Online Campus (based on End of Course Tests results):

· Achievement in U.S. History, 52.4 percent exceeded the standard

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (based on EOCT results):

· Achievement in Geometry, 89.7 percent exceeded the standard

· Achievement in ninth-grade literature, 76.7 percent exceeded the standard

GIVE Center East (based on CRCT results):

· Seventh grade improvement in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standards in reading

GIVE Center West (based on CRCT results):

· Sixth grade improvement in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standards in English/language arts