Four Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Awarded by Georgia’s SSAS

Four Savannah- Chatham County Public schools are being recognized for improvement and achievement during the 2009-2010 school year.

Oglethorpe Charter School, Port Wentworth Elementary, Savannah Arts Academy, and May Howard Elementary School are being recognized under Georgia’s Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS), which awards schools based on their performance on state curriculum exams and Adequate Yearly Progress status.

“These schools exemplify the meaning of our Passport to Excellence initiative,” said Superintendent Thomas B. Lockamy Jr., Ed.D., of the Savannah- Chatham County Public School System. “I am so very proud of the progress these schools have contributed to the overall success of the school district during the past school year.”

The announcement was recently made by the Office of Student Achievement and the Georgia Department of Education.

“Congratulations to the principals, teachers, parents, and students at these schools,” said Kathleen Mathers, Executive Director of the Office of Student Achievement. “This is one way to say ‘great job’ to these school communities that have stayed focused and committed to helping children learn and achieve at high levels.” The announcement is part of the release of the state’s Annual K-12 Public Schools Report Card.

The schools are awarded on four levels, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze in two categories, Greatest Gains and Highest Performance.

The SCCPSS awards are as follows: Oglethorpe Charter, Greatest Gains, Platinum; Port Wentworth Elementary, Greatest Gains, Silver; May Howard Elementary, Highest Performance, Silver; Savannah Arts Academy, Highest Performance, Platinum. Greatest Gains: Schools that showed the greatest improvement in scores on the Criterion- Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) or the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT).

Highest Performance: Schools that demonstrated the highest achievement on the CRCT or GHSGT. Platinum Award: AYP for three consecutive years, more than 35 % of students exceed standards, 98th percentile of greatest gains. Silver Award: AYP for two consecutive years, more than 25% of students exceed standards, 96th percentile of greatest gains.

To view all award level categories and obtain additional information on Georgia’s Single Statewide Accountability System go to

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