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November 15--  Toombs County School Superintendent Richard Smith issued the following news release after the state reported results of annual performance testing in Georgia schools.

"The state of Georgia released their 2017 College and Career Readiness Performance Index this past week. The results show that the Toombs County School System has among the best elementary schools in the 18 system First District RESA Area, behind only the three large systems of Camden, Bryan and Effingham.

Toombs Central Elementary School posted a CCRPI score of 89.3, an increase of 6.3 points over the 2016 mark. Lyons Upper Elementary’s score was 82.1, expressing a gain of 8.3 points over last year. Out of 102 elementary schools in First District RESA, TCES and LUES ranked as the 13th and 28th best, respectively.

One component the CCRPI score takes into account is student growth from one year to the next. In Georgia’s Student Growth Model, each individual student is compared to academically-similar students across the state. The model considers how much progress a student made from one year to the next, taking the student’s starting point into account. In 5th grade English Language Arts, TCES had the 3rd largest growth of all elementary schools in the area. Toombs Central was 10th and Lyons Upper was 20th in growth for 5th grade math progress. For growth in overall elementary math, Lyons Upper ranked 17th in the RESA, while Toombs Central was 28th.

Toombs Central Principal Tonawanda Irie stated, "Through hard work and dedication from our faculty, staff, students, and parents we continue to see progress in our CCRPI scores. Through consistency of instructional practices, our students continue to meet student growth targets and we are seeing an increase in proficient learners in Reading and Math. I am very proud of our faculty, staff, and students for the exceptional job they have done. We are ‘Stinging with Success’ at TCES!"

“At LUES, we are so proud of all the hard work that has been put forth by our staff, students, parents and Board of Education,” said Tabatha Nobles, Principal at Lyons Upper Elementary. “We attribute success to the combined efforts of all involved in making Toombs County an excellent place to get an education.”

Toombs County High School earned a CCRPI score of 66.3, increasing over 2016 by 3.9 points. Toombs County Middle School celebrated a 4 point increase with a score of 61.2.

“We are very proud of the progress our schools are making,” said Superintendent Richard Smith. “Having all schools show an increase over last year is a step in the right direction. It is not an accident. It happens because of the deliberate, purposeful action by our teachers and leaders. They work hard each day to make Toombs County Schools better for our students. And we have amazing students, students who want to learn. When you pair that with the tremendous support of our community, positive things can happen. It’s a team effort. Our goal is that all students have the opportunity to achieve whatever they want out of life.”