Rigdon Road Elementary School was one of 44 Georgia schools named "No Excuses schools" today at a news conference by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in Gainesville, Ga.
A No Excuses school has a poverty rate above the state average of 51 percent, meets Adequate Yearly Progress as defined by the No Child Left Behind law, and has a Poverty Indicator of 2 or above on the Foundation's “Report Card for Parents.”
These schools are highlighted for demonstrating the impact of highly motivated, highly qualified, dedicated teachers, dynamic school leadership and high expectations for all students.
“These schools show that a culture of high expectations, strong leadership and quality teaching can overcome poverty, even in populations where a majority of students don't speak English as their first language” said Kelly McCutchen, executive vice president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.
“This is good news for education in Georgia. Our challenge now is for local school boards, superintendents and state policy-makers to adopt the ‘No Excuses' philosophy.”