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East Coweta Middle School receives silver award From Governor’s Office of Student Achievement

East Coweta Middle School 7th grade Social Studies teacher LaTonya Richardson works with students in her class.

East Coweta Middle School has been recognized by the Governor’s Office of Students Achievement for being in the top 95 percent of Georgia schools in terms of academic gains.

The school has been given a Single Statewide Accountability System 2016 “Silver” award, for exhibiting high growth in student achievement over the past three years.

SSAS silver winners place between the 95th and 97th percentile statewide over a three-year period in “Progress” scores on the College and Career Ready Performance Index, Georgia’s academic accountability system.

“Our staff certainly appreciates having their efforts recognized by this award. It is validating,” said ECMS Principal Schwanda Jackson

“They are a tremendously hard-working, dedicated group of people,” said Jackson. “And what truly motivates them is the success of their students…. It’s teaching students and seeing that light bulb go on.”

“I think the award reflects the work we put in with our students,” said ECMS 6th grade math teacher Mindy Baker. Baker said that she sees a consistent ethic among school staff of professional improvement, collaboration, analysis of student data. “There is also a willingness to try new ideas, to take risks, and to never give up on any student.”

East Coweta Middle was recognized with a SSAS Bronze award last year. The school is one of 139 Georgia schools recognized as a SSAS award winner for 2016 performance.

Principal Jackson said that the award is also a reflection on the school’s community, as well as staff culture.

“We have a great group of parents who support us and our students. A recognition like this is a reflection on students, parents and staff alike.”

East Coweta Middle School 7th grade English and Language Arts teacher Helen Tedder works with students in her class.
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