• By Mercedes C Parham
  • Friday, December 07, 2018

District Schools Recognized with Statewide Accountability Awards; Designated as “Beating the Odds”


Muscogee County School District

2960 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906

For Immediate Release
Mercedes Parham
Director of Communications and Open Records Officer
Office: (706) 748-2034
Fax: (706) 748-2036

Columbus, GA- The 2018 Single Statewide Accountability System Award (SSAS) Schools Greatest Gains and Highest Performing Award winners were recently announced by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA). Two District schools were listed for this achievement. In addition to the SSAS awards, GOSA released the list of schools designated as “Beating the Odds.”Twenty District schools were included in that listing.

“I am very pleased with the tremendous work being done by these school communities. This recognition distinguishes them as leaders within schools having similar characteristics throughout the state for which they and we, as a community, can and should be very proud,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Education.

2018 Single Statewide Accountability System Award (SSAS) Schools

Greatest Gains and Highest Performing Award

According to GOSA, the SSAS awards are conducted in compliance with state law, O.C.G.A 20-14-37, and State Board Rule 160-7-1-.01. Awards are given to schools with high academic performance and/or high academic growth. In 2018, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) revised the indicators included in the CCRPI, which adjusted the previous award eligibility criteria for the SSAS awards. GOSA used College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) data from the three most recent school years to determine SSAS awards in two categories: Greatest Gains and Highest Performing*. Each award category has four tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

School Name

Greatest Gains Award

Highest Performing Award

Britt David Magnet Academy



Columbus High



*GOSA used CCRPI data from the 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 school years to determine Greatest Gains and Highest Performing SSAS awards. Each award category has a Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze tier. Greatest Gains schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI Progress Score in at least the 93rd percentile. Highest Performing schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI Content Mastery Score in at least the 93rd percentile. For more details on how awards are calculated, click here. This list does not take into account school closures and mergers effective for the 2018-2019 school year.

Beating the Odds

“Beating the Odds” is a statistical analysis that compares a school’s actual performance on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) with the performance of schools with similar characteristics across the state. Schools that perform higher than similar schools are considered “Beating the Odds.” GOSA released the Beating the Odds Revised Model and Technical Document, which outlines the changes, on August 20, 2018.

School Name

Aaron Cohn Middle School

Carver High School

Clubview Elementary School

Columbus High School

Double Churches Elementary School

Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy

Early College Academy of Columbus at Waverly Terrace

Eddy Middle School

Fox Elementary School

Gentian Elementary School

Hardaway High School

Lonnie Jackson Academy

Mathews Elementary School

Midland Middle School

Richards Middle School

Rigdon Road Elementary School

South Columbus Elementary School

St. Marys Elementary Magnet Academy

Veterans Memorial Middle School

Waddell Elementary School

For more information, visit https://gosa.georgia.gov/.

The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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