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CCAT recognized as No Excuses school
No Excuses means school has above-average percentages of low-income students
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    Statesboro’s Charter Conservatory for Liberal Arts and Technology was one of four charter schools included in the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s (GPPF) list of “No Excuses” schools in the organization’s 2009 Report Card for Parents.
    “No Excuses” schools are schools that have above-average percentages of low-income students with significantly higher academic scores than statistical projections. In other words, these schools are achieving in spite of having large numbers of families from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
    The GPPF report card numerically ranks the state’s 1,208 public elementary schools, 501 middle schools and 354 high schools by an achievement score based on the percentage of students meeting and exceeding standards in third, fifth and eighth grade, and high school graduation rates.
     Poverty rates and poverty indexes – a measurement of how well a school is performing relative to its poverty rate – are factored in as well, in order to level the playing field between schools in well-to-do communities and schools in poorer areas.
    Charter Conservatory for Liberal Arts and technology was also awarded the highest ranking of five stars, said Seth Coleman,  Director of Communications for the Georgia Charter Schools Association.
    “The strong performance of these schools shows that charter schools are providing families throughout the state of Georgia with a viable option for obtaining a quality, public education,” said Tony Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA). “The GCSA will continue its efforts to encourage more communities to establish quality charter schools.”
    The Georgia Charter Schools Association is the nonprofit membership organization for Georgia’s charter school operators and petitioners, established in 2001.
     According to the 2009 Georgia Public Policy Foundation Report Card for Parents, for Five-Star Schools (High School Performance),
Charter Conservatory for Liberal Arts and Technology (CCAT) ranks 66th out of 354, with 123 students. The school has a zero percent poverty rate.
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