December 4, 2021

Three Heard County Schools receive state recognition

(Franklin, GA) —  Heard County Middle School, Centralhatchee Elementary, and Ephesus Elementary were each recognized recently by the Georgia Department of Education for their outstanding achievements in education by ranking within the top 5% of Title I Schools within the state of Georgia.

This ranking comes after a comparison between all Title I Georgia Schools using the College and Career Ready Performance Index score (CCRPI). This Performance Index score is a compilation of Content Mastery, Progress, Closing Gaps, Readiness, and Graduation Rate (high schools only).

The College and Career Ready Performance Index – CCRPI – is Georgia’s tool for annually measuring how well its schools, districts, and the state are helping students achieve their goals. It provides comprehensive information to help educators, parents, and community members promote and improve college and career readiness for all students.

The purpose of CCRPI is to provide an objective measure of the extent to which schools, districts, and the state are succeeding in providing high-quality opportunities and outcomes for students.

Due to these three schools ranking within the top 5%, they will be eligible to apply for the National Title I Schoolwide Distinguished School Award.

This award is determined based on schools who perform within the top 5% of Title I Georgia Schools, demonstrate exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years, reduce academic gaps between student groups, and demonstrate excellence in serving special populations of students.

From this application process, there will be two schools chosen to represent Georgia. The winner will also receive $20,000 from the Georgia Department of Education Title I Program.

“It’s an honor to have one school eligible for this recognition but to have three of our schools recognized truly validates the work we are doing here. We strive to PUT KIDS FIRST on a daily basis, and we have turned our attention away from test scores so we are able to focus on the whole child,” says Heard County Superintendent Rodney Kay.

“It really makes sense to us that when you create an incredible environment for kids to come to school that test scores and other accolades will follow. We are thankful for our board of education’s support as we have shifted our focus from test scores and mandated testing to creating wonderful places for kids to come to school.”

Kay says the teachers, administrators, and local community all deserve recognition for the distinctive honors.

“We want to thank our teachers and administrators for the incredible job they do with our children every day, but more importantly, we want to thank them for their servant heart. They love our kids and our kids know that,” Kay states. “We are backed by a tremendous community who shares our motto of PUTTING KIDS FIRST and we thank them for their support as well. We are truly blessed and I sincerely hope folks don’t take what we have here for granted.”

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