Coweta County 'Reward Schools' recognized


Three Coweta County Title I Schools were recognized by the Georgia Department of Education as Reward Schools in 2012-13. From left, are Jefferson Parkway Elementary Principal Dr. Sean Dye, Evans Middle School Principal Melissa Wimbish, and Arnall Middle School Principal Jan Franks, who represent the three Coweta County schools honored with Reward School status. 

Three Coweta County schools identified as “High Progress Reward Schools” were recognized at the annual Title I conference this summer, held in Atlanta.

Jefferson Parkway, Arnall Middle School and Evans Middle School were recognized by the state during the 2012-13 school year in the “Reward” category.

The designation is given each year by the Georgia Department of Education, as a part of the state of Georgia’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It is reserved for schools with the highest performance or the biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.

“By definition, Reward school status is given to Title I schools that are among the 10 percent of Title I Schools in the state that are making progress in improving the performance of all students group over a number of years on the statewide assessments,” said Lisa Copeland, Coweta County School System’s Title I Monitor. The 2012-13 school year was the first year of the designation.

The “Reward” designation goes only to Title I schools. Eighteen of Coweta’s 28 regular program elementary, middle and high schools receive federal Title I funding. Non-Title I schools are not eligible for “Reward” designation.

Other categories under the state’s ESEA waiver include Priority, Focus and Alert schools, indicating Title I schools which need greater focus on student academic achievement. No Coweta schools were designated as Priority, Focus or Alert Schools.

Coweta’s three ‘Reward’ schools place them in the company of only a small number of high-performing Title I schools state-wide.

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