ROSWELL, Ga. – River Eves Elementary School in Roswell was one of only 78 Title I schools in Georgia to be named a 2013 Reward School for high performance by the Georgia Department of Education (GDOE).
Schools designated as "highest performing schools" are those that place among the top 5 percent of Title I schools in the state with the highest performance over three years for all students on the statewide assessments. In Georgia, students in third through eighth grades are assessed each year with the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs). High school students are assessed primarily on the End of Course Tests (EOCTs).
This is the second year that River Eves Elementary earned recognition as a high performance school. The Roswell school has an enrollment of 850 students, and Principal Neil Pinnock has led the school since 2007.
"Of course I'm very proud of the school and the students and teachers, but most of all this award shows we are leveraging our [Title I funds] in the right way to ensure that all students – and not just those who need additional assistance – are achieving at the highest levels," said Pinnock.
In 2012, Georgia received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for the federal mandates under the No Child Left Behind Law. As part of the waiver, the GDOE changed its accountability system to identify high achieving Title I schools as Reward Schools instead of Title I Schools of Distinction.
Title I is a federal program that provides additional funding to schools serving children in high poverty areas and who are most at risk for not meeting the state's performance standards. The funds are distributed by the federal government, through the GDOE, to assist in educating students who are economically disadvantaged.
River Eves Elementary will be recognized as a Reward School during the Title I conference later this school year.