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Ware County Schools Earn State Awards of Distinction

The Ware County School District has been informed of renewed Title I awards and a new “Beating the Odds” designation released by the State Department of Education and the Governor’s Office for Student Achievement, respectively – proving that it is still GREAT to be a Ware County Gator!


The Georgia Department of Education released its 2016-2017 list of Title I Reward Districts and Reward Schools earlier in the month, recognizing eight of nine eligible Ware County schools as a Title I Rewards School.


Center Elementary and Williams Heights Elementary earned Highest-Performing School honors. A Highest-Performing School is among the five percent of the state’s Title I schools with the absolute highest performance, over three years, for the “all students” group on the statewide assessments.


Memorial Drive Elementary, Ruskin Elementary, Waresboro Elementary, Ware County Middle, Waycross Middle, and Ware County High gained distinction as High-Progress Schools. A High-Progress school is among the 10 percent of the state’s Title I schools making the most progress in improving the performance of the “all students” group over three years on the statewide assessments.


“These schools and districts are overcoming obstacles to provide an excellent education for their students,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “This is so much more than numbers or data. We are talking about changed lives for thousands of students. I can’t overstate how proud I am of every teacher, administrator, and parent who worked to make that happen.”


The Governor’s Office for Student Achievement also released the names of schools earning Beating the Odds status earlier this month. The Beating the Odds analysis predicts a range within which a school’s CCRPI score is statistically expected to fall – given the school’s size, grade cluster, student mobility, and student demographics (including race/ethnicity, disability, English learners, and poverty). If an individual school’s actual College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) is above the predicted range, then that school beat the odds. 


All nine eligible Ware County Schools received the “Beating the Odds” designation, including Center Elementary, Memorial Drive Elementary, Ruskin Elementary, Wacona Elementary, Waresboro Elementary, Williams Heights Elementary, Ware County Middle School, Waycross Middle School, and Ware County High School.


Eighty-one of the schools that earned the Beating the Odds designation across the state, including Ware County’s, had a 2016 poverty rate of 40 percent or more, and more than half had poverty rates of 25 percent or more.


“We view these schools as major success stories,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “In fact, it’s difficult to fully express the magnitude of what they’ve achieved. Statistically, a high rate of poverty presents multiple barriers to achievement, but these schools are beating the odds and doing excellent work on behalf of Georgia students.” 


Pictured are school and district leaders representing the hundreds of Ware County teachers whose hard work brought this recognition to the district.


Front row (L-R): Donna Solomon, Dr. Sonya Bennett, Jim LeBrun, Dr. Reginna Germano, Paige Coker

Second row (L-R): Dr. Jenny Barnes, Dean Moody, Dr. Wendy Good, Tyler Bennett

Third row (L-R): Bill Epps, David Hitt, Dr. Tanner, John Chancey, and Bert Smith



State Awards of Distinction

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