(Franklin) – The Heard County School System in recent years has been quickly making a name for itself as one of the state’s top-performing school districts.
During the 2012-2013 school year Heard County was the highest performing system in the state in the areas of 8th Grade Mathematics and High School Economics.
“Teachers at all schools are using individual student data to identify students’ needs. However, it doesn’t stop with collecting data. Our teachers are working with students during their planning periods and after school in order to help students master the curriculum. I’m very proud of their commitment to our students and their success,” stated Heard Middle Principal Mike Roberts.
Heard High Principal, Rodney Kay, also commented on their success. “Our success is not by accident. Hard work has been put in over the past six years developing reliable benchmark assessments which give our teachers/students prescriptive feedback on student deficiencies,” said Kay.
“I think what separates Heard High from the other high schools is that the process is actually carried out from beginning to end as intended. There are no shortcuts, and our teachers have stepped up to meet this challenge! I want to congratulate all of our teachers and students for a job well done during the 2012-2013 school year, but I also want to challenge them to continue to find new ways to increase student performance.”
Superintendent, Jerry Prince commented, “Please take notice of the banner on our school system crest the inscription ‘Putting Kids First’. That is the foundation for the success we are having in providing our children with a world-class education. Every decision we make, from how we allocate our financial and human resources to how we allocate our time, is made in light of putting kids first,” stated Prince.
“When you truly consider what’s best for kids, instead of what’s best for teachers, or principals, or parents, it can transform and elevate all you do as is evidenced by the high level of success we are having in Heard County. Our school system is something we can be proud of and should be grateful for.”
The system also had several top ten finishes out of the 182 districts in the Georgia. These include:
Economics #1 in the state for second straight year
8th Grade Mathematics #1 in the state
8th Grade Social Studies 2nd highest
8th Grade Science 4th highest
4th Grade Science 7th highest
United States History 8th highest
6th Grade Reading 9th highest
8th Grade Writing Assessment 10th highest