Riverside Elementary named a Georgia School of Excellence in Student Achievement
|Riverside Elementary among highest-achieving schools in state|
Riverside Elementary is one of 20 schools in the state recognized as a 2005 Georgia School of Excellence in Student Achievement. Riverside was selected for this honor because the school performed in the top 10 percent in student achievement in reading/language arts and math on the state's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). In 2003-04, 98% of Riverside Elementary students met or exceeded expectations in reading/language arts and math. Dr. Craig Barlow is the principal of Riverside.
The Schools of Excellence program recognizes schools, like Riverside, that are at the top of their game, and those schools that have shown significant improvement (posting the greatest, continuous gains over the previous three-year period). In each congressional district, one winner is selected in each of the two categories from among qualifying schools. While the data-driven selection model has test scores as its foundation, it also looks at No Child Left Behind status, staff qualifications, and safety records. Schools must have at least five years in operation and can only be named a School of Excellence once every five years. All of the Schools of Excellence honorees will be recognized at a banquet on April 29.
CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks noted the importance of honoring those who excel in education. "Teaching and learning..." he said, "it is what we are about every day. If Gwinnett County Public Schools is to achieve its vision of becoming a system of world-class schools, it will be due to the schools and fine teachers who exhibit every day their dedication to students and helping students achieve. I applaud the staff and students of Riverside Elementary and take pride that they are a part of our school system."