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 Priority Schools


  • To focus on closing achievement gaps and enabling all subgroups of students to meet performance targets identified in the ESEA Flexibility Waiver in the academic areas

 Priority School (non-SIG School) Definition

  • Title I Schools
  • 3-year average of Content Mastery category performance 
    • Category performance will be weighted by enrollment for schools with more than one grade band
    • Schools must have 3 years of data 
  • Rank schools by 3-year average of category performance  
  • Select lowest 5% ​ 
  • Add schools with graduation rates <60%for 2 consecutive years
    • ​2013-2014 4-year cohort graduation rate
  • Schools identified as Priority Schools in 2012 which did not meet the exit criteria will be re-identified as Priority Schools

School Improvement Grant 1003(a) Purpose

  • To provide financial resources to local educational agencies (LEA) on behalf of Title I schools identified as Alert, Focus, or Priority. 

District Monitoring Cycles for Federal Programs Years 2015-2018

Monitoring Schedule on the District and School Performance Standards for Priority, Focus, and SIG Schools

Events and Conferences

Click here for more information on past and upcoming events and conferences. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


 Contact Information

Northwest Region
Amy Alderman
Lead School Improvement Specialist
Phone: 404-308-7250

Northeast Region 
Lead School Improvement Specialist 

West Metro Region
Lyn Wenzel 
Lead School Effectiveness Specialist 
Phone:  404-308-7322 

East Metro Region 
Paula Herrema
Lead School Improvement Specialist 
Phone: 404-308-7151

Southwest Region
Steve Olive 
Lead School Improvement Specialist 
Phone:  470-218-3749

Southeast Region 
Paula Cleckler, Ed.D. 
Lead School Effectiveness Specialist 
Phone:  404-308-2503 

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