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Screven Co. schools improve
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      While this time last year, Screven County school employees met for what Superintendent Whit Myers called "a tough prayer meeting," last week's annual meeting held a more positive report.
      "I am tickled pink at what we were able to do last year," said Myers.
      After the school system had dropped in every area indicator for AYP in the 2009-2010 school year, Screven County Middle School did meet AYP this year, he said.
      AYP or Annual Yearly Progress is one of the cornerstones of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. It is a measure of year-to-year student achievement on statewide assessments.
      While it's nice to meet AYP, said Myers, it is nice just to show improvement, as seen at the elementary and high schools.
      These achievements were almost too good to believe, he said, with main areas of improvements being high school math and social studies and 6th grade.
      "The bar is so high, and AYP is very hard to get," said Myers. "It is getting tougher and tougher."
      In addition, this year marks the highest graduation rate ever for Screven County High School.
      "Without any summer graduates counted yet," said Principal Brett Warren, "we have a graduation rate of 78.8% which is our highest ever."
      "Our school improved or matched last year's scores on all 13 state tests," he said, "five graduation tests and eight end-of-course tests."
      "Probably the smoothest start to school in my 13 years here," said Warren.