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Two Bulloch County schools made so much improvement on their CCRPI scores that they’ve made their way off the Georgia Department of Education’s Priority and Focus lists.

The accomplishment is celebrated by both Mattie Lively Elementary School and Langston Chapel Elementary School.

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The Georgia DOE recently announced that 61 schools have exited the Priority and Focus Schools lists, due to recent across-the-board CCRPI increases and Georgia’s rising graduation rate.

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 progress those students are making.

“We continue to see that underperforming schools can improve and move the needle for their students, even when they face difficult odds,” Superintendent Woods said. “And we’ve seen once again that intensive, intentional partnerships between schools, districts, communities and our Department can equip schools with the resources they need to improve student achievement. These schools worked directly with our DOE staff and with Georgia RESAs, and their leaders and teachers deserve immense credit for the progress they’ve made. We view school improvement as a primary responsibility of our entire agency – not just the school improvement division – and with that focus guiding us, I’m confident we’ll continue to see schools making gains.”

The following schools no longer meet the definition of a Priority or Focus school and have made the required improvements to meet the exit criteria:

System Name School Name Exit List
Appling County Appling County Elementary School Focus
Atlanta Public Schools Centennial Academy Focus
Atlanta Public Schools Continental Colony Elementary School Focus
Atlanta Public Schools Dunbar Elementary School Priority
Atlanta Public Schools Humphries Elementary School Focus
Atlanta Public Schools Miles Intermediate School Focus
Atlanta Public Schools Slater Elementary School Focus
Atlanta Public Schools Therrell High School Priority
Atlanta Public Schools Towns Elementary School Focus
Atlanta Public Schools Tuskegee Airman Global Academy Priority
Baldwin County Creekside Elementary School Focus
Baldwin County Midway Elementary School Focus
Bibb County Lane Elementary School Focus
Bibb County Williams Elementary School Priority
Bulloch County Langston Chapel Elementary School Focus
Bulloch County Mattie Lively Elementary School Focus
Chatham County Butler Elementary School Focus
Chatham County Thunderbolt Elementary School Focus
Chatham County West Chatham Middle School Focus
Clarke County Gaines Elementary School Focus
Clarke County Howard B. Stroud Elementary School Focus
Clarke County Whit Davis Road Elementary School Focus
Clayton County Edmonds Elementary School Focus
Clayton County Forest Park High School Priority
Cobb County Clarkdale Elementary School Focus
Coweta County Ruth Hill Elementary School Focus
Coweta County Western Elementary School Focus
DeKalb County Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology Focus
DeKalb County Canby Lane Elementary School Focus
DeKalb County Clarkston High School Priority
DeKalb County Columbia High School Priority
DeKalb County Cross Keys High School Priority
DeKalb County Freedom Middle School Focus
DeKalb County Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School Focus
DeKalb County Smoke Rise Elementary School Focus
Dodge County Dodge County High School Focus
Dougherty County Monroe High School Priority
Dublin City Dublin Middle School Focus
Dublin City Susie Dasher Elementary Focus
Fulton County Banneker High School Priority
Fulton County Bethune Elementary School Focus
Fulton County Creekside High School Priority
Fulton County Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary Focus
Fulton County Hapeville Charter Career Academy Priority
Fulton County Hapeville Charter Middle School Focus
Fulton County Lee Elementary School Focus
Fulton County Tri-Cities High School Priority
Gordon County Swain Elementary School Focus
Houston County Huntington Middle School Focus
Houston County Pearl Stephens Elementary School Focus
Jefferson County Carver Elementary School Focus
Jenkins County Jenkins County Elementary School Focus
Long County Long County Middle School Focus
Peach County Fort Valley Middle School Focus
Peach County Peach County High School Priority
Polk County Youngs Grove Elementary School Focus
Rockdale County Hightower Trail Elementary School Focus
Seminole County Seminole County Middle/High School Focus
Sumter County Americus Sumter 9th Grade Academy Priority
Sumter County Americus Sumter High School Priority
Tift County Len Lastinger Primary School Focus

 

You can read more about the priority and focus list criteria here.

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for GeorgiaPol.com and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’

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