2011-02-16 / Front Page

Elementary, middle school named Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools

Georgia State School Superintendent John Barge announced Jan. 31 that of 868 Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools, two belong to the Early County School System.

Early County Elementary School has been named a Title I Distinguished School for the fifth year in a row. ECES has made Annual Yearly Progress as defined by the Georgia Department of Education seven consecutive years. Early County Middle School has been named a Title I Distinguished School for the second year in a row. ECMS has made AYP for four consecutive years.

AYP, a measure of year-to-year student achievement, is one of the cornerstones of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. To meet AYP, each system and the state must meet the following criteria: 95 percent participation, academic performance objective, and a second indicator.

NCLB requires every school, school district, and state to sort test results by racial/ethnic category, disability, limited English proficiency, and socioeconomic status. Early County has subgroups in every category except limited English proficiency. If one subgroup fails to meet AYP, the school fails to meet AYP.

All three schools are currently following guidelines of NCLB in preparation for upcoming spring testing.

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