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November 27--  Annual performance reports on Georgia's school systems show that Treutlen High School students advanced academically over last year, however, both the middle and elementary schools got failing grades.

According to School Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Conley, "We were at 75.6% at the high school last year and we came up to 78% this year.  Although our middle school is at 56.5% this year, last year we were at 41.6%, so that has come up tremendously.  At the elementary school, it has dropped.  We were at 63.9% last year and it has dropped to 53.3%. 

"We are in the process now of drilling down all of our data and we will be presenting it to our school board in December.  We would like to present and explain all of this to our community in January.  We're planning to have our first ever "State of the System" address and we want our community to understand these scores," she said.

Dr. Conley says one of the contributing factors is poor attendance, "Attendance is not only affecting our student achievement, it's affecting our district and our extracurricular programs.  If the kids are not here and they get behind, then they have to take all academics in high school and they don't have time for extracurricular activities.  We're trying to instill that attendance is important early in the education career," she said.

System Performance Snapshots

* Treutlen's overall system performance is lower than 93% of school districts.

*Elementary students' academic growth is lower 97% of school districts.

*Middle school students' academic growth is lower than 96% of school districts.

*High school students' academic growth is higher than 84% of districts.

*The four-year graduation rate is 78.3% which is lower than 89% of school districts.

*Nearly 60% of graduates are college ready.