BROOKS COUNTY -- Gov. Roy Barnes recently named two Brooks County elementary schools as successes.
In order for that to happen, Quitman Elementary and North Brooks Elementary schools had to show improvement on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests by increasing by at least 10 percentage points the number of students from the "does not meet" category into the "meets" or "exceeds" categories.
Quitman Elementary School, in the 2000-01 school year, had 35 percent of its students in the "does not meet" column in reading, 45 percent in math, and 30 percent in language arts. In the 2001-02 school year, only 23 percent of the student were in the "does not meet" category for reading, 38 percent in math and 21 percent in language arts.
North Brooks Elementary School, in 2000-01, had 45 students in the "does not meet" category in reading, 34 in language arts, and 51 in math. In 2002, 13 students were in the "does not meet" category for reading, 17 for language arts, and 33 in math.
NBES Principal Irma Hall said she felt some of the success came from the reading groups they implemented last school year a few weeks prior to the test. The students were grouped together based upon reading ability and spent extra class time developing core skills. Also prior to the tests, elementary students participated in a voluntary Saturday school that provided the students with tips on doing well on the test. it also allowed students a little more practice before the big day.
This is QES Principal Deborah Demps' first year as principal, so she said she wasn't instrumental in the improvements that occurred. However, both principals expressed excitement over their designation as Succeeding Schools. And both promised they wanted to improve scores even more.
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