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State honors local schools

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that 370 Georgia public schools are being recognized for improvement and achievement during the 2010-11 school year. Among them are schools from Barrow County, Buford City and Gwinnett County Public School System.

The Governor's Office of Student Achievement recognized the schools under Georgia's Single Statewide Accountability System to award educational institutions based on their performance on state curriculum exams and Adequate Yearly Progress status.

"I am pleased to recognize these schools for their continued focus on student achievement," said Bonnie Holliday, executive director of the Governor's Office of Student Achievement. "Congratulations to the students at these schools for their accomplishments and to the staff for their ongoing commitment to learning."

Schools were awarded on four levels--platinum, gold, silver and bronze--in two categories: greatest gains and highest performance. Greatest gains schools were recognized for improvement on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests or the Georgia High School Graduation Tests. Highest performance schools were recognized for high achievement on the same tests.

Highest performing schools included the following: Buford High School, gold; Simpson Elementary, platinum; Parsons Elementary, platinum; Riverside Elementary, platinum; Brookwood Elementary, platinum; Puckett's Mill Elementary, gold; Suwanee Elementary, gold; Level Creek Elementary, gold; Head Elementary, gold; Craig Elementary, gold; Camp Creek Elementary, gold; Gwin Oaks Elementary, gold; Freeman's Mill Elementary, gold; Fort Daniel Elementary, silver; Mulberry Elementary, silver; Duncan Creek Elementary, silver; New Life Academy of Excellence, silver; Dyer Elementary, silver; New Life Academy of Excellence Duluth, bronze; Roberts Elementary, bronze; Burnette Elementary, bronze; Dacula Elementary, bronze; White Oak Elementary, bronze; Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology, platinum; North Gwinnett High, silver; Brookwood High, silver; Parkview High, bronze; Frank N. Osborne Middle, platinum; North Gwinnett Middle, gold; Twin Rivers, silver; Alton C. Crews Middle, silver; and Dacula Middle, bronze.

Schools with greatest gains included the following: Bethlehem Elementary, bronze; Buford Middle, platinum; Margaret Winn Holt Elementary, platinum, Simonton Elementary, platinum; Kanoheda Elementary, platinum, Partee Elementary, gold; and Rockbridge Elementary, bronze.