Columbia County School Progress

By: Stephanie Baker
By: Stephanie Baker

November 9, 2005
Some Columbia County schools are among the top in the state. Eleven meet or exceed the minimum standards and test scores set by the state, and they were honored at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

This is good news after recent reports that several Columbia County schools did not meet requirements set by the No Child Left Behind Act. News 12 is on your side to explain what these requirements mean for your child’s education.

Four Columbia County elementary schools were honored at the meeting for placing in the top three percent of Georgia schools. Blue Ridge Elementary Principal Joyce Long says students at her school have met or exceeded the required Adequate Yearly Progress for the past two years.

“We were given the gold level award, and we’re just really excited about that,” Long said.

Teachers from four of Columbia County’s schools in the ninety-sixth percentile were also honored, and five from the ninety-fifth. Many of these students go above and beyond minimum Georgia requirements.

“That gives us at Martinez the silver level of awards, and we’re really excited about that,” said Michelle Sherman, Martinez Elementary.

Lakeside High is one of eight high schools in the state to win the silver.

The awards are based on standardized test scores in core areas like language, math, science, and social studies. They are based on CRCT for grades 1-8, and the Georgia High School Graduation test for high school.

Columbia County is putting programs into place to get more schools up to the level of Principal Long’s school.

“I just have a school full of really good teachers and students who are working hard,” Long said.

Higher standards in the schools mean a better education for your children. This is the first year Governor’s Office of Student Achievement Awards have been given in an effort to boost statewide performance.

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement gold medal winners in the 97th percentile are Blue Ridge Elementary, Riverside Elementary, and Stevens Creek Elementary. The silver medal winners in the ninety-sixth percentile are Lakeside High, Lewiston Elementary, Martinez Elementary and Westmont Elementary. The bronze winners in the ninety-fifth percentile are Brookwood, Evans, Greenbrier and North Columbia elementary schools.


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