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Ruskin Elementary School Earns Governor Deal's Gold Award for Greatest Gains

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement recently announced that Ruskin Elementary School has earned a Gold Award in the Greatest Gains in 2016 student achievement measures. Governor Deal explained in a congratulatory letter to Ruskin Elementary’s Principal, Donna Solomon, that the school earned this award due to its academic growth over the last three years being in the top 3% of the schools in the state. Ruskin Elementary is the only school in the entire Okefenokee RESA region, composed on surrounding counties, to receive the Greatest Gains recognition.


The Greatest Gains award has four levels of recognition: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Schools must meet the following criteria to be determined Gold winners:

  1. Place between 97th and 99th percentile in the average CCRPI Progress Score over the last three years;
  2. Remain in the same CCRPI Single Score range over the last three years; and
  3. Be excluded from the Georgia Department of Education’s 2015 Priority or Focus School list.


Principal Solomon and the entire Ruskin staff were elated to receive the news that Ruskin Elementary School was one of 139 Greatest Gains schools in the state and one of only 36 schools to receive the 2016 Gold award for Greatest Gains. Principal Solomon stated, "This level of success is due to the collaborative effort of teachers, students, and parents working towards the common goal of educating students to the highest standards possible."


The Ware County Board of Education recognizes the faculty, staff, and leadership of Ruskin Elementary for this distinguished achievement. The award is proof of the school's laser-like focus and tireless effort towards continued student progress and success. 


Pictured: Barry Deas of the Ware County Board of Education and Superintendent Jim L. LeBrun congratulate Principal Donna Solomon for her school's Greatest Gains achievement.



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