Local elementary schools earn Greatest Gains Award


Special to the Times



Two elementary schools in the Henry County School System were recently notified of recognition as silver honor recipients of the Greatest Gains Award from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.

The recognition, a reflection of the 2016 Single Statewide Accountability System, means that both East Lake Elementary and Rock Spring Elementary earned a three-year average CCRPI Progress Score that ranked in at least the 93rd percentile.

Henry County Schools was one of only 53 districts out of 180 in the state to have schools recognized with either a Highest Performing or Greatest Gains school award, and the two schools in the district are a part of only 218 total schools recognized statewide. Pertaining to just the Greatest Gains award, East Lake and Rock Springs Elementary are two of only 130 schools in the state to earn the distinction, and Henry County Schools in one of only 22 districts with at least one Greatest Gains award school.

Rock Spring Elementary’s CCRPI scores over the past three years have been 85.1, 85.1, and 86.9. According to the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement’s school performance reports, the elementary school in the southeastern part of the county has an overall performance higher than 86 percent of schools in the state, and the school’s students realize academic growth higher than 92 percent of schools in the state.

East Lake Elementary’s CCRPI scores over the past there years have been 85.6, 87.1, and 82.2. The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement performance reports indicate that the school has an overall performance higher than 75 percent of schools in the state, while the school’s students achieve academic growth higher than 86 percent of schools in the state.

Superintendent Rodney Bowler offered his praise of the schools upon receiving the news.

“Our schools work extremely hard to ensure success for each student, and East Lake Elementary and Rock Spring Elementary are two great examples of this mission recognized,” said Bowler. “We hope to use their success and honor as a catalyst to help all schools across our district with increasing academic achievement.”

For more information on Henry County Schools, please visit them online at www.henry.k12.ga.us