2018-12-06 / Front Page

W-WMS is designated a Distinguished School by Georgia’s Bd. of Ed.

Washington- Wilkes Middle School has been designated as one of 84 public schools in Georgia on the list of 2018 Title I Distinguished Schools – the highest-performing Title I schools in the state.

“Our staff and I are elated to be a part of the top five percent of Title I schools and recognized by the ­GaDOE for outstanding teaching and learning,” W-WMS Principal Deleki Lee said. “We have great students in Wilkes County and an amazingly talented staff who sincerely puts building positive relationships and learning first. The fruits of their labor definitely show through the results of this year’s CCRPI and Title I Distinguished School status. Our students and staff are certainly deserving of the honor. I am certainly very proud of them!”

“In addition to identifying schools in need of additional support, it’s important for us to recognize and applaud schools when they’re doing well,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “These public schools are among the very best in the state and are doing extraordinary work on behalf of their students and communities. I extend my thanks and congratulations to every teacher, administrator, staff member, student, parent, and community partner who contributed to their success.”

Distinguished Schools are among the top five percent of all Title I schools in Georgia, when ranked according to their most recent CCRPI score. Schools identified for CSI or TSI support are not eligible.

All Distinguished Schools will be eligible to apply for the National ESEA Distinguished Schools Program award, sponsored by the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators, in 2019. Each state selects two schools for this award; those two schools are recognized nationally and receive award funds from Title IA to support participation in the national conference.

Moving forward, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) will calculate the list of Distinguished Schools annually. Beginning in fall 2019, GaDOE will also calculate a list of Reward Schools – schools with the highest rate of improvement when the current year’s CCRPI score is compared to the previous year.

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