Two Schools named Reward Schools by the state
Cave Spring Elementary and McHenry Primary are Georgia "High-Progress" Schools
Posted on 11/13/2013
Generic bus shotCave Spring Elementary and McHenry Primary were each listed as a "High-Progress School" in a release from the Georgia Department of Education on Tuesday, November 12.  “High-Progress School” is a Title I school that is among the top 10% of Title I schools in the state making the most progress in improving the performance of the “all students” group over three years on statewide assessments. "We are focused on graduating students in our schools system," commented Dr. Jeff McDaniel, superintendent of Floyd County Schools. "These 'High-Progress' schools demonstrate the focus starts with the success of our youngest children."

The honors from the state were included in the
 2013 Reward and Alert Schools Report issued annually by the Georgia Department of Education.  The designations of Reward schools and Alert schools are part of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) or No Child Left Behind. 

"This honor demonstrates these school's continued focus on improvement," added Terri Snelling, director of school improvement for Floyd County Schools. "It is one thing to make improvements on a year-to-year basis but true academic progress is found in sustained gains over time."  

The schools were honored based on test results in all categories but McHenry has been especially successful in the area of mathematics.  McHenry has consistently raised the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standard on the mathematics section of the CRCT.  In 2011, 25 percent of McHenry third-grade students scored at the exceeds level.  The percentage scoring exceeds was raised to 53 percent in 2012 and increased again to 65 percent in 2013.  The state average topped out at 37 percent in 2013.

Cave Spring was also strong in state testing results across all subjects but was particularly strong in the areas of science and social studies.  Cave Spring outpaced the state in science with over 90 percent of students meeting or exceeding the standard in 2013.  The state average was just below the 80 percent level.  In social studies for 2013, 
93 percent of Cave Spring students were able to meet or exceed the standard.  The state had only 81 percent of students meeting or exceeding.

The staffs, students, parents and community of Cave Spring Elementary and McHenry Primary will be honored for their accomplishment at the January Board of Education meeting.