Fourteen of Rockdale County's public schools were named Title I distinguished schools in the state - a status given to schools that achieve academically while having a significant population of economically disadvantage students.
State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox officially named all of the 896 Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools, Georgia's four Title I Distinguished Districts, two National Title I Distinguished Schools at a recent State Board of Education meeting.
"These districts and schools are a prime example of the impact high expectations, hard work and collaboration can have on student achievement," Cox said. "I'm thrilled to recognize the educators, students and parents in these schools and school districts."
Title I schools have a significant population of students who are economically disadvantaged and receive federal money to assist with the education of these students. Title I Distinguished Schools have made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) at least three years in a row.
"These 896 schools don't accept excuses," Cox said. "There are high standards for students and high expectations for teachers. These schools are focused and determined -- and they are getting results."
Title I Distinguished Schools that have made AYP for three consecutive years are awarded a certificate, while those who have made AYP four or more years receive a monetary award, paid for out of federal funds.
The number of Title I Distinguished Schools has grown significantly since 2003, when 116 schools were recognized.