ATLANTA -- Several local schools made the cut in a list released by the state department of education that honors the highest performance or the biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.
Among those honored as highest performance schools were Knight Elementary in Lilburn and Ivy Prep Academy in Norcross.
Schools recognized as highest progress were Benefield, Minor, Partee, Kanoheda, Margaret Winn Holt, Bethesda and Lawrenceville elementary schools as well as Buford Middle School.
Steven Flynt, associate superintendent for school leadership and operational support with Gwinnett County Public Schools, said that the district is proud of all its Title I schools, and for those named in the recent list "it's quite an achievement."
"It starts with the students, and I would congratulate them and their teachers on all the hard work they've put in to get to that level, but also the community and the parents and the leadership of the schools," Flynt said.
Ivy Prep Academy Executive Director Nina Gilbert said faculty and staff of the charter school were "thrilled to be named as one of Georgia's highest performing schools. Despite the challenges Ivy Prep has faced, our faculty, staff, scholars and parents remain focused on what's most important ... improving outcomes for the children who desperately need better public school options."
According to a news release from the state department of education, highest-performing schools are among the five-percent of Title I schools in the state that have the highest performance over three years for the "all students" group on the statewide assessments. A Highest-Performing School must have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the "all students" group and all of its subgroups in 2011.
A High-Progress School is a Title I school among the 10 percent of Title I schools in the State making the most progress in improving the performance of the "all students" group over three years on the statewide assessments.
According to the state department of education website, Title I is a part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The act provides federal funds through the Georgia Department of Education to local educational agencies and public schools with high numbers or percentages of poor children to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards.