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Release January 17, 2012
Marietta Center, West Side Elementary Earn
Outstanding Student Achievement Awards
Georgia Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS) Awards
Marietta, GA - Two Marietta City elementary schools are among only 259 Georgia public schools recognized by The Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) during the 2010-2011 school year for high achievement on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). For the fourth consecutive year, the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA) earned a Platinum Award for Outstanding Student Achievement – Highest Performance. West Side Elementary earned a Bronze Award – Highest Performance.
"This is exciting news for both schools. Congratulations to the staff and students at MCAA and West Side for earning these Georgia SSAS awards for highest achievement on the CRCT," said Dr. Emily Lembeck, MCS Superintendent.
MCAA is one of only 28 elementary schools statewide to receive a Highest Performance – Platinum Award, and West Side Elementary is one of only 57 elementary schools statewide to receive a Highest Performance – Bronze Award.
"Our students continue to achieve at high levels and meet and exceed expectations. We celebrate their achievement, and applaud the MCAA and West Side Elementary school community for their accomplishment," added Lembeck.
About the SSAS Awards
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.