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      Georgia 7th in nation for education quality

      Southwest Georgia schools recognized as Title I Distinguished Schools for making AYP at least three years in a row.

      Georgia TMs education system is receiving national recognition for its achievements.

      The state ranks seventh in the nation for overall education quality.

      According to the annual Quality Counts report released by Education Week, Georgia received a B- for its commitment to improve educational policies and practices.

      Thursday Georgia State School Superintendant Dr. John Barge named 824 Title I Distinguished Schools and four Title I Distinguished Districts.

      All schools and districts selected have made AYP for at least three consecutive years.

      When it comes to southwest Georgia, Lillie Cooper Primary School in Terrell County has made the grade for 13 years in a row.

      The principal says it takes a joint effort from parents and educators in order to make the achievement possible.

      I think we've been able to achieve this distinguished award because we teach above the standard of what is required of us as educators. We have high expectations, said Lillie Cooper Primary School Principal Eddie Owens.

      Calhoun County Elementary School, Blackshear Trail Elementary School, and Annette Winn Elementary schools also carry the honor of Title I Distinguished Schools.

      To see the complete list of Title I Distinguished Schools follow the link.