River Eves Elementary is the only elementary school in Fulton County to receive the Reward School Title for Highest-Performing Title I school (top five percent), as announced by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) recently as part of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
“I am so glad that River Eves went above and beyond to get this award,” said Cole Salton, a fifth grade student at the school. “And, I am thankful for all the teachers and students who work worked so hard to be in the top five percent.”
The category of Highest Performing is reserved for schools with the highest performance or the biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.
The award has ignited additional pride in the school from around the community.
“I am thrilled that River Eves has received this recognition” said Jamie Shipp, parent and Local School Council Vice-Chair. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, teachers, and principal, as well as our parents and the community that supports them. It validates what the River Eves community knows—that our school is an outstanding academic institution that provides a great framework for all children to excel!”
A Highest-Performing School is a Title I school among the five percent of Title I schools in the state that has the highest absolute performance over three years for the ‘all students’ group on the statewide assessments. A Highest-Performing School must have made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the ‘all students’ group and all of its subgroups in 2011. A school may not be classified as a Highest-Performing School if there are significant achievement gaps across subgroups that are not closing in the school.
“Anytime you receive an award, it is good time to reflect,” said Chris Sparks, 5th Grade Teacher at River Eves. “We—all our stakeholders—worked extremely hard last year to increase student learning. All of that hard work to help our children excel is worth it, and it is especially gratifying to see the results that the students have achieved. Knowing our school culture, I’m sure we will continue doing the things we did well—and continue to improve on our areas of growth.”
River Eves Principal Neil Pinnock agrees. “The results prove that challenging every student at their current instructional level and closing the achievement gaps between students truly works. I am very proud of our students, teachers, staff, and parents—and we are committed to continuous improvement in the future.”