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74 Schools removed from Priority and Focus lists

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

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April 11, 2017 – The Georgia Department of Education today announced that 74 out of 243 schools have exited the Priority and Focus Schools lists.

As part of Georgia’s ESEA waiver, which granted flexibility from some provisions of No Child Left Behind, the GaDOE was required to identify Priority and Focus Schools. Priority Schools represent the lowest-performing 5% of Title I schools based on achievement data, plus schools with a graduation rate below 60% for two consecutive years. Focus Schools represent the lowest-performing 10% of Title I schools based on achievement gap data. That data examines the gap between a school’s lowest performing 25% of students and the state average, and the extent to which that gap is closing.

“Every school that made the necessary improvements to exit Priority or Focus School status deserves to be commended,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “The ongoing work of these schools, coupled with supports from GaDOE staff and RESAs, continues to move the needle and prove that underperforming schools can improve, even when they face difficult odds.”

The following schools were removed from the Priority and Focus lists because they no longer meet the definition of a Priority or Focus school and have made the required improvements to exit:


System ​ Name

School name

Exit List

Atlanta Public Schools

Benteen Elementary School

Exit Focus

Atlanta Public Schools

Brown Middle School

Exit Focus

Atlanta Public Schools

Cleveland Elementary School

Exit Focus

Atlanta Public Schools

Dobbs Elementary School

Exit Focus

Atlanta Public Schools

Fickett Elementary School

Exit Focus

Atlanta Public Schools

Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. High School

Exit Priority

Atlanta Public Schools

Parkside Elementary School

Exit Focus

Atlanta Public Schools

South Atlanta School of Health and Medical Science

Exit Priority

Atlanta Public Schools

The John Hope-Charles Walter Hill Elementary Schools

Exit Focus

Barrow County

Kennedy Elementary School

Exit Focus

Carroll County

Bowdon Middle School

Exit Focus

Chatham County

Windsor Forest Elementary School

Exit Focus

Cherokee County

Canton Elementary

Exit Focus

Cherokee County

William G. Hasty, Sr. Elementary School

Exit Focus

Cobb County

Birney Elementary School

Exit Focus

Cobb County

Milford Elementary School

Exit Focus

Cobb County

Osborne High School

Exit Priority

Colquitt County

Odom Elementary School

Exit Focus

Colquitt County

Okapilco Elementary School

Exit Focus

Colquitt County

Sunset Elementary School

Exit Focus

Coweta County

Eastside Elementary School

Exit Focus

DeKalb County

Allgood Elementary School

Exit Focus

DeKalb County

Bob Mathis Elementary School

Exit Focus

DeKalb County

Columbia Middle School

Exit Focus

DeKalb County

Kelley Lake Elementary School

Exit Focus

DeKalb County

Redan High School

Exit Priority

Dodge County

Dodge County Middle School

Exit Focus

Dougherty County

Radium Springs Elementary School

Exit Focus

Dublin City

Moore Street School

Exit Priority

Fulton County

Asa Hilliard Elementary School

Exit Focus

Fulton County

Gullatt Elementary School

Exit Focus

Fulton County

High Point Elementary School

Exit Focus

Fulton County

Jackson Elementary School

Exit Focus

Fulton County

Lake Forest Elementary

Exit Focus

Gainesville City

Centennial Arts Academy

Exit Focus

Greene County

Greene County High School

Exit Priority

Greene County

Greensboro Elementary

Exit Focus

Gwinnett County

Berkmar High School

Exit Priority

Gwinnett County

Meadowcreek High School

Exit Priority

Gwinnett County

Rockbridge Elementary School

Exit Focus

Hall County

Lyman Hall Elementary School

Exit Focus

Hall County

White Sulphur Elementary School

Exit Focus

Hancock County

Hancock Central Middle School

Exit Focus

Houston County

Miller Elementary School

Exit Focus

Jasper County

Washington Park Elementary School

Exit Focus

Jeff Davis County

Jeff Davis Elementary School

Exit Focus

Jefferson County

Louisville Academy

Exit Focus

Johnson County

Johnson County High School

Exit Priority

Jones County

Mattie Wells Elementary School

Exit Focus

Lanier County

Lanier County Elementary School

Exit Focus

Macon County

Macon County Middle School

Exit Focus

Marietta City

Marietta High School

Exit Focus

Meriwether County

Greenville Middle - High School

Exit Priority

Mitchell County

North Mitchell County Elementary School

Exit Focus

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Elementary School

Exit Focus

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Middle School

Exit Focus

Muscogee County

Jordan Vocational High School

Exit Priority

Muscogee County

Rigdon Road Elementary School

Exit Focus

Newton County

Flint Hill Elementary

Exit Focus

Pelham City

Pelham Elementary School

Exit Focus

Polk County

Westside Elementary School

Exit Focus

Randolph County

Randolph County Elementary School

Exit Focus

Richmond County

Bayvale Elementary School

Exit Focus

Richmond County

Copeland Elementary School

Exit Focus

Rockdale County

Sims Elementary School

Exit Focus

Taliaferro County

Taliaferro County School

Exit Priority

Thomaston-Upson County

Upson-Lee High School

Exit Focus

Tift County

Annie Belle Clark Primary School

Exit Focus

Vidalia City

J. R. Trippe Middle School

Exit Focus

Walker County

Rossville Elementary School

Exit Focus

Wayne County

Bacon Elementary School

Exit Focus

Whitfield County

Beaverdale Elementary School

Exit Focus

Wilcox County

Wilcox County High School

Exit Priority

Wilkinson County

Wilkinson County Elementary School

Exit Focus

 

As Georgia transitions to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), GaDOE will no longer identify Priority and Focus schools. Instead, GaDOE will be required to identify and support Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools. The criteria for CSI and TSI schools are currently being developed in consultation with Georgia’s ESSA working committees. A draft of the criteria will be available for public comment this summer, prior to Georgia’s submission of its ESSA plan to the U.S. Department of Education in September.

Click here for additional information about the Priority and Focus criteria.


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