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Four south Georgia schools considered "Outperformers"

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May 10, 2006

Thomasville- An "outperformer" school district is any district that for two consecutive years has a significant number of students that score proficient or higher on the state's reading and math tests. According to the Standard and Poor's statistics, south Georgia has four schools that outperformed the others.

First grade students at West Bainbridge Elementary learn to spell t-o-u-g-h. Tough, not according to the Standard & Poor's School Evaluation statistics. Decatur County students are making the grade and making learning, E-A-S-Y.

"Reading is always easy to think of something rhythmical with rhyming words and fun songs with sounds, but mathematics, we try to make it more fun than what it really is," said Lynn Watts, West Bainbridge Elementary Teacher.

For the fourth year in a row the Decatur County Schools made the list. They're considered one of the state's 20 academic outperformers.

"Failure is not an option, and I think that's the attitude Decatur County teachers have and we have caring loving teachers and that's what is so important for these kids," said Ralph Jones, Decatur Co. School Superintendent.

Motivating these students is as easy as 1-2-3.

"Anything motivates especially these young children, we sing songs, we make games out of things," said Watts.

What makes the district's success so sweet is that it's done having a higher percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

"We have not looked at our students and said oh, these are disadvantaged kids, let's make an excuse why they cannot be successful," said Jones.

Instead the district has expected more from it's teachers and students and the results have been two thumbs up.

Several other south Georgia districts made the list of 20 outperforming schools, those districts include Thomas, Cook, and Calhoun County schools.

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