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​38 Schools Removed from Priority and Focus Schools Lists

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358, mcardoza@gadoe.org


December 18, 2014The Georgia Department of Education today announced that 38 out of 235 schools have exited the Priority and Focus Schools lists.

 

As part of the waiver from No Child Left Behind, the GaDOE was required to identify Priority Schools and Focus Schools, which were determined based on achievement data from all core content areas, graduation rate data, and gap between the highest performing and lowest performing subgroups based on achievement and graduation rate data.

 

“This announcement is great news and cause for celebration for these 38 schools,” State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. “The educators in these schools and districts have taken this hard work very seriously, and the outcomes are benefiting thousands of students across the state.”

 

The following schools were removed from the Priority and Focus Schools lists because they no longer meet the definition of a Priority or Focus School and they met the required achievement criteria:

a.    Schools identified for achievement have decreased the percent not proficient by 18%

b.    Schools identified for graduation rate have increased the graduation rate by 8% at the school level or at the subgroup level

 

SYSTEM ID

SCHOOL ID

SYSTEM NAME

SCHOOL NAME

PRIORITY OR FOCUS SCHOOL

REASON

607

3052

Barrow County

Winder-Barrow High School

Focus

Grad Rate

611

2060

Bibb County

Hartley Elementary School

Priority

Achievement

618

0190

Butts County

Jackson High School

Focus

Grad Rate

622

0208

Carroll County

Mt. Zion Middle School

Focus

Achievement

625

3056

Chatham County

Groves High School

Priority

SIG

631

0290

Clayton County

Mount Zion High School

Focus

Grad Rate

644

0103

DeKalb County

Martin Luther King, Jr. High School

Focus

Grad Rate

644

2059

DeKalb County

Indian Creek Elementary School

Priority

Achievement

644

3064

DeKalb County

Pleasantdale Elementary School

Focus

Achievement

647

0101

Dougherty County

Albany Middle School

Focus

Achievement

648

0175

Douglas County

Lithia Springs Comprehensive High School

Priority

SIG

648

2054

Douglas County

Turner Middle School

Focus

Achievement

659

3050

Franklin County

Franklin County High School

Focus

Grad Rate

660

0273

Fulton County

S. L. Lewis Elementary School

Focus

Achievement

660

0291

Fulton County

Creekside High School

Focus

Grad Rate

661

0196

Gilmer County

Gilmer High School

Focus

Grad Rate

667

0388

Gwinnett County

Gwinnett InterVention Education (GIVE) Center East

Priority

Achievement

667

0107(1114)

Gwinnett County

Gwinnett InterVention Education (GIVE) Center West

Priority

Achievement

673

0191

Hart County

Hart County Middle School

Focus

Achievement

673

5050

Hart County

Hartwell Elementary School

Focus

Achievement

676

1054

Houston County

Perry High School

Focus

Grad Rate

676

2052

Houston County

Northside High School

Focus

Grad Rate

676

2058

Houston County

Westside Elementary School

Focus

Achievement

679

0100

Jasper County

Washington Park Elementary School

Focus

Achievement

687

0105

Laurens County

East Laurens Elementary School

Focus

Achievement

689

0195

Liberty County

Snelson-Golden Middle School

Focus

Achievement

706

1056

Muscogee County

Cusseta Road Elementary School

Priority

Achievement

706

1064

Muscogee County

Kendrick High School

Priority

SIG

707

0298

Newton County

West Newton Elementary School

Focus

Achievement

715

0188

Polk County

Northside Elementary

Focus

Achievement

721

0300

Richmond County

Lake Forest Hills Elementary School

Focus

Achievement

722

0192

Rockdale County

Salem High School

Focus

Grad Rate

728

0201

Stewart County

Stewart County High School

Priority

SIG

735

0105

Terrell County

Terrell High School

Priority

Achievement

747

1052(0112)

Walton County

(Blaine Street Elementary School)Harmony Elementary School

Focus

Achievement

761

0103

Atlanta Public Schools

Heritage Academy Elementary

Focus

Achievement

761

0408

Atlanta Public Schools

South Atlanta School of Computer Animation and Design

Priority

Achievement

761

4560

Atlanta Public Schools

Grady High School

Focus

Grad Rate

 

PRIORITY SCHOOLS

• A Tier I or Tier II school under the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program that is

using SIG funds (1003(g)) to implement a school intervention model;

• A Title I participating high school with a graduation rate less than 60 percent over two

years; or

• A Title I school in the state based on the lowest achievement of “all students” group in

terms of proficiency on the statewide assessments and has demonstrated a lack of

progress on those assessments over three years in the “all students” group.

 

FOCUS SCHOOLS

• A Title I participating high school with a graduation rate less than 60 percent over two

years; or

• A Title I school that has the largest within-school gaps between the highest-achieving

subgroup or subgroups and the lowest-achieving subgroup or subgroups or, at the high

school level, has the largest within-school gaps in graduation rates (“within-school-gaps”

focus school).

• May not be identified as a Priority School.​

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