Students and staff at Marlow Elementary and South Effingham Elementary earned prestigious student achievement awards for the 2009-10 school year from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. Award-winning schools must meet certain criteria related to AYP status, exceeding standards and meeting and exceeding gains.
Marlow Elementary received a Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS) Platinum Award for greatest gains. In order to receive this highest award attainable, the school had to meet AYP for three consecutive years, have more than 35 percent of students who exceeded standards on the CRCT, and rank in the 98th percentile of schools making the greatest gains.
South Effingham Elementary received the Silver Award for high performance, meaning it met AYP for two consecutive years, had more than 25 percent of students exceed standards on the CRCT, and 96 percent or more meet and exceed standards on the CRCT.
Under the No Child Left Behind legislation, and as mandated by state law, Georgia is required to develop a Single Statewide Accountability System which includes awards and consequences. Awards are presented to schools that show excellence in student achievement and/or progress in student achievement. Due to state budget cuts, the winning schools will not receive banners this year as they have in the past.