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GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS EXCEEDS STATE AVERAGE ON ACCOUNTABILITY SCORES
The Georgia Department of Education has publicly released the 2015 CCRPI accountability scores. Gordon County Schools' overall system average was above the state average, as well as most other neighboring school districts. The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system, implemented in 2012 to replace No Child Left Behind’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement, after the U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from NCLB. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance, helping parents and the public better understand how schools are performing in a more comprehensive manner than the pass/fail system previously in place under AYP. Because of changes to the way CCRPI is calculated – including but not limited to a new assessment system, changes in weights, and recalculated performance targets – a direct comparison between 2014 and 2015 CCRPI scores is not possible.
GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS SHINE AT REGIONAL WRITING COMPETITION
At recent regional competition, Gordon County Schools had seven grade level winners out of the thirteen categories judged in the Young Georgia Authors' (YGA) Competition. The purpose of the YGA writing competition is to encourage students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing to provide a context to celebrate their writing successes, and to recognize student achievement in arts and academies. Congratulations to all students who participated in the competition. Click here for a complete listing of all regional winners.
Pictured L-R: John Townsend, Ombudsman Director; Ann Bentley, Committee Member; Jackie Tow, Committee Member; Andrew Mincey, recipient; Tessa Lee Pierce, recipient; Marty Jackson, Committee Member; Lucy Hale, Committee Member; Kay Dixon, Committee Member; and Julie Turner, Committee Member (Not Pictured: Carrie Welch)
During the April meeting of the Gordon County Board of Education, the Floyd-Gordon Employer Committee presented three $500 scholarships to Gordon County Ombudsman students. Andrew Mincey plans to purse an electrical certification following graduation. Tessa Lee Pierce will enter postsecondary training in the field of nursing. The third recipient of the scholarships was Carrie Welch.
HEROD NAMED DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
Beth Herod, a Gordon County native and Gordon Central High School alumnus, has been named Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Gordon County Schools. Herod, who has been with Gordon County Schools for five years, has been instrumental in the academic achievement of schools across the system in her previous role of Literacy Specialist. “She is a tremendous asset to our district. Her leadership and her knowledge of curriculum, particularly in the area of literacy, has been invaluable to the success of our students, and she will continue to work toward the goal of increased student achievement system-wide,” stated Dr. Susan Remillard, Superintendent. Full Story
GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS RECEIVES HIGH MARKS FROM ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE
Pictured L-R: Front: Susan Remillard, Superintendent; Nan Barnette, BOE member; Ashley Walls, AdvancEd Team member; Brittan Ayers, AdvancEd Team member; Virginia Massey, AdvancEd Lead Evaluator; Bobby Hall, BOE member. Back: Chris Johnson, BOE Vice-chair; Charlie Walraven, BOE member; Evan Horton, AdvancEd Team member; Cedric LeJune, AdvancEd Associate Lead Evaluator; Ricky Smith, BOE member; and Brenda Null, BOE Chair.
On March 28-31, AdvancEd conducted an accreditation review of Gordon County Schools. During the three-day visit, the team of educators from three states interviewed more than 170 stakeholders, including parents, community, teachers, Board of Education, Governance Team members, administrators, and students. The team reviewed the District’s self-study report, student achievement data, and evidence files. Utilizing a standardized scoring tool, team members observed classrooms and rated the level of student engagement.
During a called meeting of the Board of Education on the final day of the review, the AdvancEd team lead evaluator, Virginia Massey, delivered the team’s findings, including a numerical score for overall achievement, made up of four domains. Gordon County Schools exceeded the AdvancEd network average (278.34) by a considerable margin, with a score of 318.54. The domain considered the core business of the district - teaching and learning- scored exceptionally high, with an overall score of 333.33, as compared to the network average of 268.94. Further, the district was noted for its governance structure effectiveness, as well as its student and teacher advocacy and instructional coaching program. FULL STORY