Fulton County Schools’ implementation of its new Summer Success Academy in the southern part of the county has had impressive results, despite being developed just two months ago.

“We have received some positive feedback and promising data from this mediation program,” said Jermaine Dawson, area executive director of schools in the district’s South Learning Community.

Dawson gave a PowerPoint presentation to the Fulton Board of Education about this new program at its June 20 meeting at the South Learning Center in Union City. He spoke in an interview with the Neighbor after the meeting.

According to Dawson, who helped develop the program, it targeted south Fulton students at the third-, fifth- and eighth-grade levels who did not achieve the proficient reading level on the Georgia Milestones Assessment System and the state’s End-of-Course Test. In addition, the program also targeted students in the fifth and eighth grade who scored at the beginner level on the math part of Georgia Milestones.

Dawson said the plan’s strategy included remediation and acceleration with students grouped together based on preliminary results. In addition, students were assigned to the highest-leveraged teachers and/or coaches for this instruction.

Although the new remediation program was required of all south Fulton turnaround-eligible schools, 10 other elementary schools not in that category elected to participate: Bethune, Brookview, Campbell, Cliftondale, Hapeville, Heritage, Holmes, Oakley, Palmetto and Renaissance.

The number of enrolled third-graders in the program at the district’s elementary schools ranged from 47 at Lewis to 72 at Nolan, while at the fifth-grade level, they ranged from 47 at Parklane to 79 at Feldwood.

In addition, at the eighth-grade level, the number of middle school students taking part ranged from 112 at McNair to 178 at West.

Preliminary results of the program stated 42% of students in the third grade were shown to be progressing toward, or proficient in, achieving the reading milestone for that grade level. At the fifth-grade level, 43% of the targeted students were progressing toward, or were proficient in, achieving the milestone for reading. For fifth-graders in math, 34% were either progressing toward, or proficient in, achieving the milestone.

“The program gave teachers specific areas to concentrate on with those students who did not achieve the milestones,” Dawson said. “The school system will continue to monitor student achievement and support our leaders.”

An email to Superintendent Mike Looney seeking comment on the academy was not immediately returned.

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