Governor Nathan Deal and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) have recognized Southeast Bulloch Middle School as one of Georgia’s top schools for gains in student achievement. As part of the annual Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS), GOSA awarded SEBMS a Bronze Award in the Greatest Gains category based on the school’s College and Career-Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). Only 50 school districts in the state had schools honored in this category, and SEBMS is one of only 139 schools to receive the designation.
“As a school community, we are elated to receive this recognition,” said Dr. Torian White, principal of SEBMS. GOSA looks at schools’ three-year average Progress Score on the CCRPI to calculate the Greatest Gains awards. “These gains would not be possible without the persistence, diligence, and high expectations of our remarkable teachers, support staff, students and parents,” White added. “I am humbled to work with a group of outstanding professionals who are committed to supporting our students through their middle school journey.”
The SSAS awards were developed by GOSA and approved by the State Board of Education. They feature two categories: Highest Performing and Greatest Gains. Highest Performing schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI Achievement Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile. Greatest Gains schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI Progress Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile. Each award category has a Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze tier.
SEBMS had Bulloch County’s highest overall CCRPI score for the past two years (81.9 for FY ’16 and 81.1 for FY ’17). The school’s 2016-2017 performance ranks it locally in the top 10 of 50 schools within the First District Regional Education Service Area (RESA) and in the top 150 of GA’s 587 public middle schools.
In a statement released by GOSA, Gov. Deal said, “Congratulations to the educators and administrators in Georgia’s award-winning schools, who have exceeded expectations in preparing their students. By implementing the best methods for teaching young minds, educators at Highest Performing and Greatest Gains schools are going above and beyond to help their students develop the skills needed for future success.”
Information from Bulloch County Schools.