30 schools honored for test scores

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Thirty schools in Gwinnett and Barrow counties earned awards for academic achievement and improvement as part of the 2008-09 K-12 Public Schools Scoreboard and Report Card, officials recently announced.

The 28 Gwinnett schools, along with Buford High School and County Line Elementary School in Barrow, were recognized under the Single Statewide Accountability System, which recognizes Georgia schools for their performance on state curriculum tests and Adequate Yearly Progress status.

The Governor's Office of Student Achievement, in collaboration with the Governor's Office and the Georgia Department of Education, recognized the schools in two categories: highest performance, indicating the percentage of students meeting and exceeding academic standards; and greatest gains, indicating the greatest gains in the percentage of students meeting and exceeding academic standards. In each category, the state recognizes four award levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

The 30 schools are among 327 schools recognized statewide. Duluth High School earned recognition in both categories.

"Duluth High has a long history of academic excellence, and we are very honored to receive these recent recognitions," principal Jason Lane said. "These awards validate the hard work of our faculty, students and community to make Duluth High one of the premier places to receive an education in the state of Georgia. I am sure I speak for our entire community when I say it is a great time to be a Duluth Wildcat."

The number of Gwinnett schools making the state's outstanding achievement report card grew from 23 during the 2007-08 school year to 28 this year, an improvement attributed to the hard work of teachers and students.

"Across the board, our schools know what students need to be successful academically," said Steve Flynt, the school district's chief academic officer. "High expectations and the belief that all children can learn at high levels is something that permeates our culture from the Board of Education to the support provided to each individual student."