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Inman Middle School Named to the Georgia Department of Education's 'Highest-Performing Schools' List

Inman is one of four middle schools statewide so recognized.

The Council of Intown Neighborhoods and Schools congratulates Inman Middle School for being named to the Georgia Department of Education's list of Highest-Performing Schools.

Inman Middle School was only one of four middle schools statewide who earned this distinction and only one of two Atlanta Public Schools named to this list.

"These schools are shining examples of what we can achieve in public education in Georgia," State School Superintendent John Barge said in a statement.

"I want to take what's working in our Reward Schools and replicate that in every school in the state.

These are the schools making education work for all Georgians." In February, the state of Georgia received a federal waiver from complying with the accountability measures under the No Child Left Behind Act.

The state of Georgia developed a new accountability system which categorizes schools as:

  • Reward Schools (Highest Performing (test scores and graduation rates fall in the top 5% among Title I schools for three consecutive years) and
  • High Progress (academic gains must fall in the top 10% of Title I schools for three consecutive years)
  • Focus Schools (category includes achievement and graduation rate gaps between groups of students)
  • Priority Schools (lowest performing 5% of Title I schools in the state)
  • Alert Schools (non-Title I schools that have lower than average graduation rates, lower performances by groups of students and lower performance in particular subjects).

Please make sure that you take time to thank the exceptional Inman teachers, faculty and staff for their many consecutive years of hard work and efforts in raising the educational bar of excellence for the middle school students in our cluster.

Way to go Inman Eagles!

— Council of Intown Neighborhoods and Schools

Michael Wakefield November 04, 2012 at 11:55 PM
I certainly do thank the Inman teachers, faculty and staff for their years of hard work. But be prepared for difficult times ahead because the school is overcrowded, it is getting worse, and nobody seems to be able to do the right thing in response. Despite other viable options, the forces that be seem to be pointing to another building on the same property. If an annex gets put on site, that means, just like now with the trailers, that a field will be lost. More importantly, administrative resources will be further strained, the common facilities will be over-utilized, and the school as a whole will struggle to function as well as it has in the past. The situation reminds me of when Morningside was overcrowded, and, based on my personal experience, not performing well as a result. Parents fought tooth and nail against splitting the district and having a new school. Many couldn't imagine a new school could possibly measure up to the past success of MES. But lo and behold, a separate school that was not overcrowded proved to work even better. The same is possible here. We do not need an enormous middle school stuffed onto one property. The Grady cluster, in my opinion, needs two middle schools.

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