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Five elementary schools in Douglas County recently earned awards from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. On May 24, 2016, Governor Nathan Deal announced that Chapel Hill, Dorsett Shoals, Eastside, Holly Springs, and Sweetwater Elementary schools in Douglas County were among the 187 Georgia public schools awarded the 2014-2015 Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS) awards for Highest Performing or Greatest Gains.

In each category, there are four school award levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Holly Springs received a Platinum Greatest Gains Award, Eastside received a Gold Greatest Gains Award, Chapel Hill and Dorsett Shoals both received a Silver Greatest Gains Award, and Sweetwater received a Bronze Greatest Gains Award.

Douglas County School Superintendent Dr. Gordon Pritz noted, "The achievement recognition of these five elementary schools in the Greatest Gains category is outstanding considering the increased rigor and frequent changes in the requirements that we have seen over the last couple of years. So many of our schools are making very noteworthy gains in student achievement and these five schools, the most our District has had since the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement started awarding schools for Greatest Gains in 2007, are leading the way. The hard work of the school leadership, teachers, students and parents is to be commended."

Greatest Gains schools exhibit high growth in student achievement by earning a three-year average CCRPI (College and Career Readiness Performance Index) Progress Score in at least the 93rd percentile in the state. Additionally, schools must remain in the same CCRPI Single Score range over the last three years. The chart below references the criteria for each of the five schools that received Greatest Gains school awards.

Holly Springs Elementary was in the 99th percentile for Greatest Gains, Eastside Elementary was in the 97th percentile or higher, Chapel Hill and Dorsett Shoals Elementary were in the 95th percentile or higher and Sweetwater Elementary was in the 93rd percentile or higher.

“We are excited that five of our schools are being recognized for the hard work of the teachers, students, parents and administrators. These awards are a reflection of the teamwork that exists in each of these schools and to the commitment to increased student achievement,” stated Pam Nail, Chief Academic Officer for Douglas County Schools. “These schools are being recognized at the state level and deserve this recognition. I congratulate these schools for their academic accomplishments”, says Nail, “and the district looks forwards to more schools receiving awards as we continue to focus on student achievement in Douglas County.”


Greatest   Gains






Progress Score Percentile (Three-Year   Average)





CCRPI Single Score Range

Must   At Least Maintain Same Score Range


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