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Six Clayton schools recognized for progress

Grad rates improve over past three years

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Board of Education will recognize six schools at its upcoming meeting for being named among the state’s “high progress” reward schools.

School spokesman David Waller said the district had one of the highest representations statewide, second only to Gwinnett County Public Schools.

The schools were recognized by the Georgia Department of Education as part of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The category is for Title I schools with the highest performance or the largest academic gains by students in the last three years. Those schools serve a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

Clayton’s reward high schools are Lovejoy, Riverdale, Forest Park, Jonesboro and North Clayton. Lee Street Elementary was also in the mix.

Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said the schools are among the 10 percent of Title I schools in the state making the most progress in improving student performance on state tests and graduation rates.

“These schools are shining examples of what we can achieve in public education in Georgia,” said Barge. “I want to take what’s working at our reward schools and replicate that in every school in the state. These are the schools making education work for all Georgians.”

Waller said representatives from each recognized school will be awarded a certificate during the March 4 board meeting.

Clayton County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Luvenia Jackson said she was pleased with the recognition.

“These six schools are the most recent indication of the progress we are making in Clayton County,” said Jackson. “The students, teachers and administrators at these schools deserve to be recognized for their hard work.”