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November 20--  Sally D. Meadows Elementary School in Vidalia got an "F" on its School Performance Report from the Georgia Department of Education.  The other two schools in the system, J.R. Trippe Middle School and Vidalia High School got "C's" which is the state average.

"We're maintaining at Vidalia High School and J.R. Trippe, but we're concerned about the score for Sally D. Meadows Elementary," said Vidalia Assistant School Superintendent Lucy Claroni. "The principal at Sally Meadows is working hard with her staff analyzing all the scores and performing professional learning sessions with the teachers to not only analyze the data deeper, but to develop strategies and determine what are the issues causing this score not to be as high as it should be."

Claroni says kids coming out of J.D. Dickerson Primary School have some of the best reading scores in the state, but there's a different dynamic when they enter elementary school, "Reading instruction at kindergarten and first grade focuses on fluency and vocabulary and when you hit second, third, fourth and fifth it focuses on comprehension, so that's sort of what we're leaning toward.  What should we be doing to increase the comprehension scores at Sally Meadows."

Tammy McFadden is the new principal at the elementary school and she's confident they can do better in the future, "We have to remember as each kid moves up a grade level, the skills they are trying to accomplish get more difficult.  You may just be learning sight words at one point, but now we're reaching comprehension level so kids need to actually know what they're reading. By the time they finish second grade, they should be ready to read and from third grade on they're reading to learn.  We have a wonderful staff here and they're on board with all of the new initiatives we are doing and we're really proud of the success we're going to see," she said.

SALLY D. MEADOWS PERFORMANCE SNAPSHOT

*The school's overall performance is higher than 11% of all schools in the state and is lower than its school district.

* Its students' academic growth is higher than 6% of schools in the state.

*48.9% of its 3rd grade students are reading at or above the grade level target.

J.R. TRIPPE MIDDLE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE SNAPSHOT

*The school's overall performance is higher than 40% of schools in the state and is higher than its school district.

*Its students' academic growth is higher than 57% of schools in the state.

*57.1% of its 8th grade students are reading at or above the grade level target.

VIDALIA HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE SNAPSHOT

*The school's overall performance is higher than 61% of schools in the state and is higher than its school district.

*Its students' academic growth is higher than 62% of schools in the state.

*Its four-year graduation rate is 91.7% which is higher than 75% of high schools in the state.

*61.7% of graduates are college ready.