The state has put Decatur High School on a list of schools that have made academic progress while having a large number of low-income students.
Decatur High was named a "reward school." Maureen Downey explained the term in her Get Schooled blog in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Reward” schools represents a new category created by the waiver that Georgia won from No Child Left Behind. The list recognizes schools with large numbers of low-income students who are performing well or showing significant progress in their academic achievement.
There were two lists. The state Department of Education put 79 schools on the "highest performing" list and 156 on the "high progress" list. Decatur High made the second list.
To see a complete list of the schools and a bureaucratic explanation of "highest performing" and "high progress," go to the Georgia Department of Education website.