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December 20, 2013

Oak Hill recognized for progress

MILLEDGEVILLE — Oak Hill Middle School’s focus on improving academic performance for all students has been successful over the last few years as seen from data on the CCRPI (College and Career Ready Performance Index).

Oak Hill is distinguished as a “High Performing School,” which is among the 10 percent of Title I schools in the state making the most progress in improving the performance of the “all students” group over three years on the statewide assessments.

“This is a big honor to be recognized as a Title I distinguished school under CCRPI,” said Dr. Linda Ramsey, principal of Oak Hill. “We focus on all of our children so they can go on to high school and increase the graduation rate.”

Ramsey said teachers continue to make strides within the classroom curriculum while dealing with financial cuts.

“Our three main focus groups are students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students and black students,” Ramsey said. “We look at our data, we do benchmarks, look at areas where students are performing well in, and look at CRCT scores from previous years. Before the CCRPI, math was our main focused content area, but under the CCRPI, we focus on all content areas with a focus on math, science and social studies.”

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released the list of 2013 Reward and Alert Schools last month as part of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The state department identifies Reward Schools instead of Title I Schools of Distinction. Reward Schools fall into two categories — Highest Performing and Highest Progress.

Oak Hill received a score of 78.5 on the 2011-2012 assessment.

“Our focus is to make sure our students are successful,” Ramsey said. “We work with students after school and in our Saturday school. We’re happy and excited to be able to work with children everyday.”

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