16 Augusta-area schools get Georgia awards for test scores

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that 370 Georgia public schools – including 16 in the Augusta metro area – are being recognized for improvement and achievement during the 2010-11 school year.

The recognition awards schools based on their performance on state curriculum exams and Adequate Yearly Progress status. The awards are being announced as part of the release of the 2010-11 K-12 Public Schools Report Card.

The schools are awarded on four levels – Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze – in two categories:

• Greatest gains: 111 schools are being recognized for demonstrating significant improvement on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests or the Georgia High School Graduation Tests. No Augusta-area schools are in this group.

• Highest performance: 259 schools are being recognized for high achievement on the CRCT or GHSGT.

The following area schools received high achievement awards:

• Platinum: Blue Ridge and Stevens Creek elementary schools in Columbia County, and A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering and John S. Davidson Fine Arts magnet schools in Richmond County.

• Gold: River Ridge Elementary, Stallings Island Middle and Greenbrier High schools in Columbia County.

• Silver: Greenbrier Elementary in Columbia County.

• Bronze: Bel Air, North Columbia and Riverside elementary, Greenbrier and Riverside middle and Evans and Lakeside high schools in Columbia County; and C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School in Richmond County.

To access a complete list of 2010-11 accountability award winners, visit gaosa.org.

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