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Four schools named High Progress
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Clarification: Newton County Theme School at Ficquett was originally reported as a High Progress School. The Newton County School System has since said that the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett was named as a High Progress School in error.

Several Newton County Schools were named High Progress Schools by the Georgia Department of Education Wednesday.

High Progress Schools, also called Reward Schools, are Title I schools that are among the 10 percent in the state to make the most progress in improving the "all students" group over three years on the statewide assessments.

Alcovy and Newton high schools, Heard-Mixon and Porterdale elementary schools were all named "High Progress Schools."

"These schools are shining examples of what we can achieve in public education in Georgia," said State School Superintendent John Barge, in a press release. "I want to take what's working at our Reward Schools and replicate that in every school in the state. These are the schools making education work for all Georgians."

Newton County Superintendent Gary Mathews echoed the State Superintendent sentiments, "We're very proud of each of these five schools to be sure! State Superintendent Barge's announcement today only confirms what we've been sharing about performance in NCSS, especially when it comes to Georgia assessments. We are making progress and the trajectory has been upwards over the past three school years, not only for these five schools but for the school system in general."