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Georgia Department of Education identifies schools for comprehensive and targeted support

Georgia Department of Education identifies schools for comprehensive and targeted support

LINKS: 2019-20 CSI List | 2019-20 TSI List | 2019-20 Exit List

Note: An updated version of the 2019-20 TSI List was uploaded January 31, 2020.

MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Frick, GaDOE Communications Office, 404-463-4246,

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November 25, 2019 – The Georgia Department of Education today released the 2019-20 lists of Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools, along with the list of schools who made the improvements needed to exit CSI or TSI status.

From 2018 to 2019, 47 schools made the necessary improvements to exit CSI-lowest 5 percent status, CSI-low graduation rate status, or TSI status.

Schools Identified for Additional Support (CSI and TSI)

Under ESSA, states are required to identify schools in need of additional support.

CSI schools fall into one or both of the following categories:

  • Lowest 5%: Title I schools that, when ranked according to their three-year CCRPI average, are among the lowest performing 5% of Title I schools in the state
  • Low Graduation Rate: High schools with a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate less than or equal to 67%

TSI schools fall into one of the following categories:

  • Consistently Underperforming Subgroup: The school has at least one subgroup performing in the lowest 5% of all schools in at least 50% of CCRPI components.
  • Additional Targeted Support: Among all schools identified in the “Consistently Underperforming Subgroup” category, the school has at least one subgroup that is performing in the lowest 5% of schools in all CCRPI components.

The Georgia Department of Education’s Office of School Improvement works directly with CSI schools and provides assistance to help them improve the educational outcomes of their students. School districts are charged with providing supports to TSI schools, while the state provides professional learning and targeted technical assistance.

Schools Exiting the Lowest 5% and Other Designations

Twenty-six schools made the improvements necessary to exit the lowest 5% of schools or CSI-low graduation rate status, and another 21 made the improvements necessary to exit TSI status, for a total of 47 schools.

“It is our responsibility as a state to provide the support all schools need to improve, including intensive and tailored supports for struggling schools,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Our entire agency, led by our Office of School Improvement, partners with schools identified for additional support to ensure they have the resources they need to succeed – and that’s producing real improvements in schools. We’ll continue this ‘all hands on deck’ approach to school improvement, with the ultimate goal of ensuring every student in our state has access to a high-quality K-12 education.”

Spotlight on Schools and Districts Making Improvements

Hunt Elementary School (Peach County Schools) exited CSI status and saw a six-point increase in literacy and nineteen-point increase in progress from the 2018 to 2019 CCRPI. In partnership with GaDOE School Improvement, the school has focused on improving climate and culture; student-focused instruction and leadership; and building a school leadership team committed to the school’s mission and vision. Principal Anita Mathis recognized the need for structured reading intervention across grade levels and has placed a strong emphasis on reading instruction. Twelve teachers are seeking a reading endorsement in partnership with Middle Georgia RESA, and each student begins the day with 45 minutes of small-group reading.

Macon County Schools increased its districtwide CCRPI score by 11.9 points from 2018 to 2019 and had two schools – Macon County Middle School and Macon County Elementary School – exit CSI-lowest 5 percent status. The district has built strong partnerships with GaDOE School Improvement staff, with a focus on building local capacity to improve student outcomes. Superintendent Marc Maynor and his team have worked with GaDOE to increase the rigor and relevance of the district’s curriculum and ensure high levels of curriculum implementation and high-quality professional learning for teachers.

Fulton County Schools had six schools exit CSI-lowest 5 percent status: Feldwood Elementary School, McNair Middle School, Parklane Elementary School, Paul D. West Middle School, S.L. Lewis Elementary School, and Woodland Middle School. Fulton County has strategically aligned resources, personnel, and professional learning to support the specific needs of its CSI- and TSI-identified schools, in an ongoing and proactive approach to school improvement. The district has worked with GaDOE and with Metro RESA to ensure consistent monitoring of implementation data at the district, school, and classroom levels, attention to both academics and school climate, and proactive planning for success.​