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Lorraine, Heritage earn Gov. Office distinction
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Lorraine Elementary and Heritage High School are among 370 public schools recognized by the Governor's Office for improvement and achievement this year.

The schools are being recognized under Georgia's Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS), developed by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, to award schools based on their performance on state curriculum exams and Adequate Yearly Progress status.

The schools are awarded on four levels -- Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze -- in two categories:

* Greatest gains: 111 schools are being recognized for demonstrating significant improvement on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) or the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT).

* Highest performance: 259 schools are being recognized for high achievement on the CRCT or GHSGT.

Lorraine Elementary was named a silver winner in the Highest Performance category. Heritage High was named a bronze winner in the Highest Performance category and a platinum winner in the Greatest Gain category.

"Congratulations to these 370 schools for their commitment to hard work and high academic standards," said Gov. Nathan Deal. "The principals and teachers at these schools are to be commended for maintaining a focus on providing every student with a world-class education."

The awards are being announced as part of the release of the 2010-2011 K-12 Public Schools Report Card. The Report Card, which features the SSAS awards, was developed by GOSA and provides bottom-line data for Georgia’s preschools, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, technical colleges, and educator licensing and accreditation. It includes school, system and state level reports organized into seven major sections: Accountability, Georgia Tests, National Tests, Indicators, Student and  School Demographics, Personnel, and Comparisons.

“I am pleased to recognize these schools for their continued focus on student achievement," said Bonnie Holliday, Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Student Achievement. "Congratulations to the students at these schools for their accomplishments and to the staff  for their ongoing commitment to learning."

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement provides accountability for all of Georgia’s education system from pre-kindergarten to post secondary to drive improvement in student achievement and school completion through meaningful, transparent and objective analysis and communication of statewide data. To learn more about GOSA, please visit