I would like to share some news with you.
Since 2001, the District has been affected by the No Child Left Behind law, which has identified schools that have not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as established by the federal government. Schools that were affected by consequences of No Child Left Behind received federal Title I funding. The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) applied for a waiver to provide flexibility from federal No Child Left Behind regulations. In February 2012, the state of Georgia was notified that its waiver had been approved.
In the past, under No Child Left Behind, schools were identified as making AYP or Needs Improvement. Under the waiver, the state of Georgia will identify schools as Reward, Alert, Focus, and Priority. As of Friday, March 9, under the new waiver, the state identified the following schools within our district as Priority schools:
- Burghard Elementary School
- Hartley Elementary School
- King-Danforth Elementary School
- Central High School
- Hutchings Career Center
- Ingram-Pye Elementary School
- Northeast High School
- Rutland High School
- Southwest High School
- Westside High School
Through criteria established by the state, these schools have been identified as schools with the greatest need. The state DOE has indicated that Priority schools will be provided with three years of support and interventions from the state.
Between now and September, the Georgia DOE will be identifying schools that fall within the Reward, Alert, and Focus levels. The Georgia DOE also will be providing detailed information concerning the specifications of the waiver to Districts in the coming months. As information is provided to us from the state, we will pass it along to you.