Volume 2, Issue 6

July 2005

More Gwinnett schools making AYP, making progress in student achievement, school improvement

89 percent of Gwinnett County public schools met the state's accountability goals according to information released July 8 by the Georgia Department of Education. Gwinnett schools continue to make progress under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as evidenced by the state’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) listing of Georgia schools. Lilburn MS is one of 90 Gwinnett schools that made AYP for the 2004-05 school year.

Lilburn Middle School

The number of schools not making AYP dropped from 14 in 2003-04 to 11 schools last year. This is particularly noteworthy as the state’s bar for achievement (percentage of students at each school required to be on grade level) went up for elementary and middle schools in Georgia. AYP is measured by standardized test scores, test participation, and other factors. See below for more about AYP.

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“This year's AYP results reflect our system’s commitment to school improvement and its focus on teaching and learning. As a system, we are focused on the ABC’s of No Child Left Behind— Accountability for all, Better teaching, and Continuous improvement. As a result, Gwinnett students are doing better academically than ever before, and our schools are meeting the rising expectations set by the state.”
J. Alvin Wilbanks, CEO/Superintendent


Click here for a report on the state’s AYP report and how Gwinnett schools are making progress in student achievement and school improvement.

Looking back, looking ahead

Often, you have to look back to see what’s ahead. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks did just that in a recent "State of the Schools" presentation to the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, focusing on 2004-05 school year highlights, a look at the Class of 2005, challenges ahead, and plans for the future. Click here for more from Mr. Wilbanks’ presentation.

Important GCPS calendar dates just a click away
  • Find 05-06 student and testing calendar online… You may already have August 8 circled on the family calendar. That’s the first day of school for some 142,000 Gwinnett schoolchildren. But don’t forget that your local school will have back-to-school activities the week before— from picking up schedules, meeting teachers, and reviewing bus routes to opening school lunch accounts, joining PTA, and checking out the spirit wear table. Watch for more from your school by mail, on school marquees, or on the school Web site. You can get a rundown of all the year’s important school holidays and testing dates when you click here.
  • 2006–07 and 2007–08 calendars available online… Planning ahead for your spring break vacation. . . in 2008? Calendars for the 2006–07 and 2007–08 school years have been finalized. Click here and here to find these calendars on the GCPS Web site.

Help Wanted: GCPS needs more bus drivers for school start
School Bus Job-seekers… Still looking for a job that will give you great benefits and flexibility? GCPS has positions open for school bus drivers for the coming school year. Applicants must have a good driving record and a valid Georgia driver’s license. Information meetings are held regularly. Call 770-513-6855, ext. 210, to register (location, date, and time of meeting available when you register). Click here to learn more about being a bus driver with the state’s largest school system and here for an application.

Money matters: BOE OKs FY2006 budget
In May, the Gwinnett County Board of Education (BOE) adopted its FY2006 budget to the tune of $1.23 billion, down 17.9% compared to the FY2005 budget (which was 8% smaller than the FY2004 budget). Despite the belt-tightening required by continued growth and a fourth year of state funding cuts to education, GCPS will be able to continue important instructional initiatives— such as free K–8 summer school, reading specialists at all levels, and additional, targeted support for struggling students— that are having a positive impact. The Board also adopted a millage rate of 20.55 mills, an increase of .25 mills over the previous year. Click here for a summary. Testing

Curriculum and assessment update…
  • Strong GHSGT results bode well for Class of 2006 Gwinnett juniors topped state results on the 2005 administration of the Georgia HS Graduation Test (GHSGT), tying the system’s highest-ever passing rates in social studies (93%) and in mathematics (98%). The English/language arts test results (98%) are equivalent to last year’s scores and only one point below the system’s record. On the science portion of the test, 82% of the first-time test-takers passed, down one percentage point from the previous year. GCPS’ passing rates for all subjects were above state rates, most notably in science (11 points higher) and social studies (six points higher). Click here for details.
  • Results for grade 4 and 7 Gateway show great strides … Across the board, in every subject tested, the percentage of Gwinnett 4th and 7th graders passing the Gateway increased over the previous year and surpassed predicted passing rates for 2005. Click here for details.
  • More than 90% of 3rd and 5th graders pass CRCT promotion criteriaResults from the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) show that Gwinnett’s 3rd and 5th graders are meeting and exceeding the state’s expectations on subtests required for promotion. At both grade levels, more than 90% of the students met the state’s promotion requirements by scoring in one of the top two performance levels on the required subtests— reading for grade 3 and reading and math for grade 5. Starting next spring, Georgia’s 8th graders will be required to pass the math and reading CRCT subtests as state promotion requirements as well. Click here for details on grade 3 and 5 CRCT results.

Recent GCPS honors
STAR students/teachers

Pictured (l–r) are First Runner-Up State STAR Teacher Dr. Dan Rawlins, First Runner-Up State STAR Student Joseph Song, 2005 State STAR Student Lucas Bermudez, and State STAR Teacher Philip Heier. Click here to learn more.

The honors and awards keep on coming… the state’s STAR student and teacher (and the runners-up), the Georgia Economic Education Program of Excellence Award, a nationally recognized music education program, award-winning videos at the national and international levels, championship sports teams, a JROTC distinguished unit, top-flight academic teams in national competition, schools recognized with national awards for after-school activities and bus-based citizenship programs, cultural ambassadors, one of the top sports programs in the country, and exemplary science education award winners. Click here and here for more honors and awards. Award lists are updated periodically as schools, staff members, and students are honored at the state and national levels. During the school year, “News You Can Use” is a weekly collection of honors and upcoming events submitted by local schools.

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2005 Gwinnett County Board of Education
Daniel D. Seckinger, Chairman; Dr. Robert McClure, Vice Chairman;
Carole Boyce; Dr. Mary Kay Murphy; and Louise Radloff
CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks