Braelinn, Peeples recognized by state as Literacy Leaders

State Superintendent Richard Woods (kneeling) recognized Braelinn and Peeples Elementary as Literacy Leaders.

 Two Fayette County elementary schools have been recognized by the Georgia Department of Education for exceptional achievement as 2022-2023 Literacy Leaders.

Braelinn and Peeples Elementary are among 155 schools that met the qualifications to be recognized as Literacy Leaders. Seventy were recognized for achievement, 84 were recognized for growth, one was recognized for both.

Schools with 90% or more of their third-grade students reading at grade level or above are being recognized for outstanding achievement, and schools with a 15% or higher increase from 2021-22 to 2022-23 are being recognized for outstanding growth. Both Fayette schools were honored for outstanding achievement. A banner proclaiming the honor will hang in each of the schools.

“The ability to read opens up the doors not only to the rest of a student’s education but to their ability to continue learning throughout their life,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “That’s why we are laser-focused on literacy at the Georgia Department of Education and as a state. These schools — our Literacy Leaders — are doing exceptional work to ensure every student is equipped with the lifelong skill of literacy, and it’s an honor to recognize them.”

Along with State Superintendent Richard Woods and Fayette County Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Patterson, the schools were honored at the banner presentation ceremony by State Board of Education representative Helen Rice, State House Representative Josh Bonner, and State Teacher of the Year Christy Todd.

Literacy Leader qualifications use the Georgia Milestones Reading Status indicator, which is based on the Lexile score associated with students’ performance on a subset of questions on the ELA assessment.