Davidson Fine Arts School ranked in top 100 schools for third year in a row

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John S. Davidson Fine Arts School has been ranked in the top 100 public high schools for the third consecutive year in US News & World Report's annual rankings.

Coming in at number 100, the magnet school is the only school in Georgia to make the list, which looks at nearly 22,000 public high schools from 48 states and the District of Columbia. Nebraska and Oklahoma schools did not provide enough data to be considered in the rankings.

The three criteria used in the rankings were:

--Performance levels that exceed statistical expectations given the school’s level of student poverty as measured by state accountability test scores for all students in reading and math

--Proficiency rates on state tests for least advantaged student groups

--Preparation of students for college as measured by student participation and performance on AP or IB exams.

A total of 29 public schools in Georgia were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals in the rankings, including the following area schools:

--John S. Davidson Fine Arts School - Gold Medal, Top 100 School

--A. R. Johnson Health Science & Engineering Magnet High School - Silver Medal

--Burke County High School - Bronze Medal

--Washington-Wilkes High School - Bronze Medal

--Screven County High School - Bronze Medal

A gold medal means the school is among the top 100 schools meeting all three criteria. A silver medal means the school also met all three criteria, but was outside the top 100 schools. Bronze medals were awarded to schools meeting the first two criteria, but not the third.

Overall, Georgia ranks 20th in the country according to the program, with 29 of 380 high schools receiving a bronze medal or better. South Carolina came in at number 33, with 22 of 200 high schools awarded a medal. Because the rankings are based on submitted data, only 288 of the 380 Georgia high schools and 137 of the 200 South Carolina high schools were eligible for consideration.

The main page for the rankings is available at the following address:

http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/high-schools/2009/12/09/americas-best-high-schools-gold-medal-list.html?PageNr=1

SCHOOL RANKING DATA

Click the name of each high school for additional data.

A. R. Johnson Health Science & Engineering Magnet High School - Silver Medal

Poverty-Adjusted Performance 2.34

Disadvantaged Student Performance Gap 25.8

College Readiness Index 38.6

Minority Enrollment 77.6%

Disadvantaged Student Enrollment Not available

Burke County High School - Bronze Medal

Poverty-Adjusted Performance 1.35

Disadvantaged Student Performance Gap 11.4

College Readiness Index 20.0

Minority Enrollment 33.5%

Disadvantaged Student Enrollment Not available

John S. Davidson Fine Arts School - Gold Medal

Poverty-Adjusted Performance 1.62

Disadvantaged Student Performance Gap 26.3

College Readiness Index 63.0

Minority Enrollment 45.9%

Disadvantaged Student Enrollment Not available

Screven County High School - Bronze Medal

Poverty-Adjusted Performance 1.23

Disadvantaged Student Performance Gap 5.3

College Readiness Index Not applicable

Minority Enrollment 54.8%

Disadvantaged Student Enrollment Not available

Washington-Wilkes High School - Bronze Medal

Poverty-Adjusted Performance 1.24

Disadvantaged Student Performance Gap 7.5

College Readiness Index Not applicable

Minority Enrollment 58.8%

Disadvantaged Student Enrollment Not available

DEFINITIONS

Poverty-Adjusted Performance: A measure of the 'distance' from statistically expected performance, using the relationship between poverty and the state performance index. Only values of 1 or greater meet the criteria for selection.

Disadvantaged Student Performance Gap: The differential between a school's disadvantaged students proficiency rate and the state average for similarly disadvantaged students. Only values greater than zero meet the criteria for selection.

College Readiness Index: A measure of the degree to which students master some college-level material (a weighted average based 25 percent on the AP or IB participation and 75 percent on the quality-adjusted AP or IB participation rates).

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FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 12/10/09 - 10:03 am
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Congratulations Davidson for

Congratulations Davidson for the Gold Medal ranking! Congratulations to A.R.Johnson for Silver and Burke, Washington-Wilkes, and Screven for Bronze! It is so nice to read some good news about local schools.

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Notreally 12/10/09 - 10:08 am
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Congrats I wish some of that

Congrats I wish some of that goodness would befall Laney. I'm yet praying.

Notreally
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Notreally 12/10/09 - 10:09 am
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That's befall on Laney...

That's befall on Laney...

JacquesUlar
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JacquesUlar 12/10/09 - 10:09 am
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Could "the staff" possibly

Could "the staff" possibly list all the local CSRA schools and their rankings in one of those "grey box" summaries that y'all do for other test scores and such?

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Connor Threlkeld 12/10/09 - 10:19 am
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The website only provides

The website only provides information on those receiving Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Only Gold medal schools are ranked numerically. I will put together a box on the numbers for the five schools listed above.

JacquesUlar
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JacquesUlar 12/10/09 - 11:01 am
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Thank you very much! Nicely

Thank you very much! Nicely done.

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0430 12/10/09 - 11:10 am
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I was told that all the great

I was told that all the great schools were in Columbia County, but I see any on the list!!!!!!!!!

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Mr. Thackeray 12/10/09 - 11:33 am
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One of CCBOE's best kept

One of CCBOE's best kept secrets is that they have conned all of you into thinking are quality schools. Quality compared to what? Not nationally that is for sure.

IsAmericaFree
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IsAmericaFree 12/10/09 - 03:09 pm
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TNTHOMSON: Just for the

TNTHOMSON: Just for the record, Columbia County has 2 Title 1 schools-South Columbia and Euchee Creek Elementary. Title 1 is a program that funds schools with a high population of low income students. In order to qualify for this distinction, they need to keep track of this information. So CC is not lacking the data. However, looking at the full report, there was too much deviation between the schools for this to have been an accurate poll. Who collected the data and was it optional to participate?

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lifelongresidient 12/10/09 - 04:28 pm
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hey ms. cain...where's laney

hey ms. cain...where's laney on the U S NEWS & WORLD REPORT'S list of 100 TOP schools in the COUNTYR????? the way you put it laney should be there...wait they were on georgia's list of the WORST schools..next to last right above the school for the deaf. when will you and the other self-centered, egotistical and myopic board members wake up and impliment the learning model currently at davidson/johnson(which incidentally got the silver medal) and walker???? i am sure you and the other board members know the textbook definition of insanity....doing the same thing over and over and expect a different result...the end result of your constant incompetence is the poor property owners will bear the brunt of your poor decision making by way of increased property taxes to pay for football stadiums/b-ball gymnasiums for high schools failing on a regualr basis to meet ayp, pass the crct, 6th highest dropout rate percentage-wise for black males in the ENTIRE NATION and poor graduation rates...well there's alway high school football...wait the season is over..oh! tha's right it's b-ball season

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whs1984 12/10/09 - 04:54 pm
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South Columbia is a title one

South Columbia is a title one school cause of the section 8 apartments on Old Evans road. Get rid of that and the school wouldn't be a Title one school. Not everyone in that school zone are poor. Euchee Creek has a lot of soliders children so there not poor either. I'm glad for Davidson, but just like AR JOhnson they take the good students out of the other schools so the other high schools will never have good quality of students.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 12/10/09 - 05:39 pm
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dear whs, davidson/johnson

dear whs, davidson/johnson don't "take" the students...it is the parents who request their students to attend, then the students must test to get into the school, if they can't pass the tests, then they don't get admitted....if the sorry and self centered school board would impliment the same learning model then you will see a drastic increase in academic achievement, but this school district is run with one thing in mind...MONEY!!! keep the fannies in the seats, even if the students don't want to learn, violent, disruptive or disrespectful as long as they are there the school board will continue to receive state/federal education dollars to spend on useless, wasteful and ineffective "programs" geared towards "at-risk" youths, meanwhile the childre who want to learn and may not be straight A students or not good enuff to get into davidson/johnson(but good students nevertheless) are pushed aside. proof is all the remaining high schools in the cnty failed to meet ayp, some for 3 or more years in a row...but the way ms. cain tells it, everything is perfect the the shang-ra-la that she calls the richmond cnty school system

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catfish201 12/11/09 - 07:20 am
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Congratulations AR

Congratulations AR Johnson...Fantastic students, teachers and administrators. Keep up the good work,

anotherday
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anotherday 12/11/09 - 10:06 am
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Way to go A.R. Johnson!!!

Way to go A.R. Johnson!!! Everyone from the students to teachers to the janitors ROCK!!!!!

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effete elitist liberal 12/11/09 - 11:05 am
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lifelongresident's

lifelongresident's "correction" of whs1984's comment is irrelevant to the fundamental unfairness of Davidson's recognition. It makes no difference whether, as whs1984 says, Davidson "takes the good students out of the other schools" or, as llr says, "the parents...request their student to attend." The bottom line is that Davidson is a magnet school and admits only artistically and academically superior students. So of course Davidson's students score high on Poverty Adjusted Performance, Disadvantaged Student Performance, and College Readiness scales! DUH! Why should Davidson get credit for results which are predetermined by its admission policies? Davidson plays by rules fundamentally different from general public schools. I have no problem with the concept of magnet schools, but to act as though there is a shred of fairness in then comparing them to regular public schools by the same academic standards is ridiculous.

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clueblue 12/11/09 - 11:58 am
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wait; my child attends

wait; my child attends Davidson and WORKS hard everyday - hours of homework, studying, projects, extra activites, volunteer work in the community... while the other county HS kids are playing she is studying so that she can be first in her class. She has a 4.0 and is still not FIRST in the class but she is driven and wants to go to ivy league college. Any other school and she would be first.... why shouldnt these extra ordinary kids, parents and teachers get KUDOS they deserve. If parents are concerned about their schools then they should teach their kids to be like mine.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 12/11/09 - 12:34 pm
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Thanks, clueblue, for making

Thanks, clueblue, for making my point precisely! A school full of students such as your child will of course score well on standard measures of academic achievement. Davidson is such a school. You should be proud of your child and his or her high goals. This in no way, however, changes the fact that Davidson should not be compared to schools which cannot
restrict admission to students with the abilities of your child!

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 12/11/09 - 01:04 pm
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hey effete, what you fail to

hey effete, what you fail to realize is that these schools SET AND DEMAND HIGH STANDARDS...THEY ARE NOT GIVEN ANYTHING..one other thing..the mandate PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT!!! that is the main component in the othe cnty school....there is a direct coorellation between levels scademic achievement and parental involement...do not denigrate the parents/children that attend davidson/johnson or walker, they work damn hard to see that their children get the best education possible...have you ever driven by c t walker during recess??? probably not, if you did you will see almost an equal number of blcak and white student, these students weren't picked but chose walker because of the disire to get a good education..so instead of making excuses you should be out front of the BOE or your school board representitive's office/home demanding why the same learning model isn't used county wide...BTW EFFETE, before speaking you should do some research..in one of, if not the worst area in washington dc and charter school was started..immediately test scores/academic achievement improved drastically

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 12/11/09 - 01:13 pm
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this occurred because the

this occurred because the mandate was "we will educate your children but you will raise them", in most if not all charter schools (naming murphy middle a charter school is a joke) parents must get involved, have you ever heard of east side high school in south jersy??? probably not, they as davidson/johnson madated parental involvement, had a zero tolerance for any type of missbehaving and stressed education not football, baseball, band or any other non-educational activity and the same improvements occurred...or effete if you really want to get down to it if economic, political, geographic or any other barriers really were the cause of poor academic performance then explain to me why during the era of jim crow or the black codes 9up until the mid/late 60's) ther were a higher percentage of blacks obtaining college degrees??? i am not taking about getting jobs outside of black society but the level of academic achievement....ever hear of the "little rock 5"..no probably not, they endured far more than kids these days and all of them and those immediately following went on to obtain degrees, and some even advance degrees..and the key to it all is PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 12/11/09 - 01:17 pm
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clue i commend you on your

clue i commend you on your willingness to do whatever you need to so that your child gets one of the best educations in the entire county-please keeping demanding from you child the excellence that you expect and you will get it and much, much more...you child will then go on to be a great asset to society while effete(and her excuses) will continue to accept the poor job done by the BOE in educating the rest of the children...but everything is ok in "shang-ra-la" right ms. cain....

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 12/11/09 - 01:21 pm
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BTW effete...let me leave you

BTW effete...let me leave you with this....MURPHEY MIDDLE SCHOOL IS A MAGNET SCHOOL so how come they they did not pass the crct or meet ayp??? you just invalidatated your argument completely.....

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 12/11/09 - 01:26 pm
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llr: I accept and agree with

llr: I accept and agree with almost everything you write, but it all misses the point. In fact, it makes it! Of course parental involvement is critical. That's one reason that DC charter school showed the gains it did. Students are accepted into these charter schools BY CHOICE, which inevitably means parents have been involved from the start, and no doubt continue to be involved. I applaud these schools; I am very glad Davidson exists. But to give them credit for outdoing regular public schools is meaningless. When they can accept only students who score high on admission tests (Davidson) or take only students who, along with their parents, choose to attend, they have advantages over regular schools that make standardized testing disparities inevitable. Remember also that by taking only motivated, relatively gifted children, these schools drain them from the regular public schools in the area, depressing the scores of those schools EVEN MORE, magnifying the test disparities.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 12/11/09 - 02:12 pm
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but what about murphey

but what about murphey middle??? it is a charter school in name only...this is where the remaining citizenry comes into play..why not demand the same academic standard and learning models for all schools??? i can be in varous disciplines from trades/technical to liberal arts. it's not about this school does this and this school does that it's about demanding that the BOE impleiment the same learning model county wide!!! but to do this will expose the underlying reason why ms. cain and the other board members REFUSE, not can't, but REFUSE...IT'S ALL ABOUT MONEY!! they offer very little if any support material or otherwise to teachers, parapros, bus drivers, or any other support personel directly related to education but always seem to find money for athletic venues for schools that consistantly fail to meet ayp(the remaining high school) and have low graduation rates. in the black community with rich cnty having the 6th highest (percentage wise)dropout rate of black males in the entire COUNTRY drastic measures are needed immediately..i commend clue for her child being able to attend davidson and she doing what is necessary to insure her child stays.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 12/11/09 - 02:20 pm
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the fault lies with the

the fault lies with the school board and their outright failure to place emphasis back on education by making the environment conducive to the learning process..to increase the expectaions and the rigors of the curriculum, in additon placing the responsibility of raising the child back were it belongs (with the sorry trifling parents) and to institute a zero policy for any type of disruption, disrespect to teachers and staff and/or expelling any and all children who are not there to learn, the school board will lose 10's, if not 100's of millions of state/federal education dollars. so by making excuses for bad behaviors, violence and a refusal to learn from the students the "keep the money rolling in" meanwhile setting those child up for future arrests or poverty...by ridding the schools of all disruptive influences, increasing rather than decreasing academic standards kids are given a greater opportunity to become productive members of society, unfortunately not like the student from butler who was on the honor roll for 4 years but was unable to pass the science portion of the graduation exam, so wound up with a "certificate of completion"

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 12/11/09 - 02:27 pm
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that is nothing more than a

that is nothing more than a certificate indicating that student met the requirements for attendance, and in turn the BOE continued to receive state/federal education funding for that child and nothing more...it also exposes how the BOE "dumbs down" its curriculum in order to insure it continues to receive the anticipated level of funding of which to build football stadiums, b-ball gyms for high schools that fail to meet ayp and additional schools(although an outside consultant recommended closing 2 high schools and a numbe of middles/elemetary schools-based on their studies rich cnty has too many schools for its current school age population)...so it's not about the school, davidson, the students and the parents are doing their part of insure a quality education, and the best thing for everyone else to do is TO EXPOSE WHY THE SCHOOL BOARD REFUSES TO INSTITUTE THE SAME LEARNING MODEL (AT DAVIDSON/JOHNSON/WALKER) THROUGHTOUT THE COUNTY......but as far as ms. cain is concerned everything is perfect in the rich cnty school system..known as "shang-ra-la"

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