Georgia releases list of schools with greatest needs

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released its list of schools that exhibit the greatest need for additional support as part of its Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver.

The GaDOE lists “Priority Schools,” which are among the lowest five percent of Title I schools in terms of academic achievement and “Focus Schools,” which are among the lowest 10 percent of Title I schools in terms of the achievement gap – both the size of the gap between the school’s bottom quartile of students and the state average, and the degree to which that gap is closing.

According to the GaDOE, under Georgia’s renewed ESEA flexibility waiver, the criteria for Priority and Focus Schools are now aligned with the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), allowing for a more transparent measure with which districts and schools are already familiar

Priority Schools are identified by:

  1. A three-year average of performance on the Content Mastery category of the CCRPI is calculated for all schools (this category is based on performance on statewide assessments).
  2. Schools are ranked based on their three-year average in the CCRPI Content Mastery category.
  3. The lowest five percent of Title I schools in the state, based on the three-year average in the CCRPI Content Mastery category, is identified.
  4. High schools with a four-year cohort graduation rate less than 60 percent in 2013 and 2014, which are not already captured in the lowest five percent, are identified.
  5. Schools identified as Priority Schools in 2012, which do not meet the criteria for exiting that list, are re-identified as Priority Schools.

2015 Priority Schools:

  • Connally Elementary School
  • Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Academy High School
  • Douglass High School
  • Dunbar Elementary School
  • Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. High School
  • Mays High School
  • School of Health Sciences and Research at Carver
  • School of Technology at Carver
  • South Atlanta School of Health and Medical Science
  • The Best Academy at Benjamin S. Carson High School
  • The School of the Arts at Carver
  • Therrell School of Engineering, Math, and Science
  • Therrell School of Health and Science
  • Therrell School of Law, Government and Public Policy
  • Thomasville Heights Elementary School
  • Berrien Academy Performance Learning Center
  • Bruce Elementary School
  • Burghard Elementary School (Southfield Elementary School)
  • Hartley Elementary School
  • King – Danforth Elementary School (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School)
  • Northeast High School
  • Riley Elementary School
  • Southwest High School
  • Westside High School
  • Williams Elementary School
  • The School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High
  • Charles R. Drew High School
  • Forest Park High School
  • North Clayton High School
  • Osborne High School
  • Morris Innovative High School
  • Clarkston High School
  • Columbia High School
  • Cross Keys High School
  • Destiny Achievers Academy of Excellence
  • Knollwood Elementary School
  • Margaret Harris Comprehensive School
  • McNair High School
  • Redan High School
  • Toney Elementary School
  • Towers High School
  • Dooly County High School
  • Albany High School
  • Dougherty Comprehensive High School
  • Monroe High School
  • Moore Street School
  • Banneker High School
  • Hapeville Charter Career Academy
  • Tri-Cities High School
  • Wood’s Mill Non-Traditional School
  • Greene County High School
  • Berkmar High School
  • Meadowcreek High School
  • Hancock Central High School
  • Johnson County High School
  • Macon County High School
  • Greenville High School
  • Jordan Vocational High School
  • Spencer High School
  • Peach County High School
  • Quitman County High School
  • Randolph Clay High School
  • Butler High School
  • Glenn Hills High School
  • Jenkins-White Elementary Charter School
  • Josey High School
  • Laney High School
  • W.S. Hornsby K-8 School
  • Georgia Connections Academy
  • Mountain Education Center School
  • Provost Academy Georgia
  • Atlanta Area School for the Deaf
  • Georgia Academy for the Blind
  • Georgia School for the Deaf
  • Americus Sumter County High North
  • Americus Sumter County High South
  • Central Elementary/High School
  • Taliaferro County School
  • Twiggs County High School
  • Woody Gap High/Elementary School
  • Wilcox County High School

Focus Schools are identified by:

  1. A three-year average of the CCRPI Achievement Gap score is calculated for all schools
  2. Schools are ranked based on their three-year average of the CCRPI Achievement Gap score
  3. The lowest 10 percent of Title I schools in the state, based on the three-year average CCRPI Achievement Gap score, is identified
  4. Schools identified as Focus Schools in 2012, which do not meet the criteria for exiting that list, are re-identified as Focus Schools.

2015 Focus Schools:

  • Appling County Elementary School
  • Benteen Elementary School
  • Bethune Elementary School
  • Boyd Elementary School
  • Brown Middle School
  • Centennial Place Elementary School
  • Cleveland Elementary School
  • Continental Colony Elementary School
  • D. H. Stanton Elementary School
  • Dobbs Elementary School
  • Fain Elementary School
  • Fickett Elementary School
  • Gideons Elementary School
  • Grove Park Intermediate School
  • Humphries Elementary School
  • Miles Intermediate School
  • Parkside Elementary School
  • Peyton Forest Elementary School
  • Slater Elementary School
  • The John Hope-Charles Walter Hill Elementary Schools
  • Toomer Elementary School
  • Towns Elementary School
  • Young Middle School
  • Creekside Elementary School
  • Eagle Ridge Elementary School
  • Midway Elementary School
  • Kennedy Elementary School
  • Ballard Hudson Middle School
  • Brookdale Elementary School
  • Lane Elementary School
  • Bryan County Middle School
  • Langston Chapel Elementary School
  • Mattie Lively Elementary School
  • William James Middle School
  • Bowdon Middle School
  • Butler Elementary School
  • Haven Elementary School
  • Hodge Elementary School
  • Shuman Elementary School
  • Thunderbolt Elementary School
  • West Chatham Middle School
  • Windsor Forest Elementary School
  • Canton Elementary
  • William G. Hasty, Sr. Elementary School
  • Cedar Shoals High School
  • Gaines Elementary School
  • Howard B. Stroud Elementary School
  • Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School
  • Whit Davis Road Elementary School
  • Clay County Elementary
  • Edmonds Elementary School
  • Mundy’s Mill High School
  • Northcutt Elementary School
  • Birney Elementary School
  • Clarkdale Elementary School
  • Milford Elementary School
  • Odom Elementary School
  • Okapilco Elementary School
  • Sunset Elementary School
  • Grovetown Elementary School
  • Cook Elementary School
  • Eastside Elementary School
  • Ruth Hill Elementary School
  • Western Elementary School
  • Crisp County Elementary School
  • Bainbridge High School
  • Allgood Elementary School
  • Bob Mathis Elementary School
  • Browns Mill Elementary School
  • Canby Lane Elementary School
  • Clifton Elementary School
  • Columbia Middle School
  • Eldridge L. Miller Elementary School
  • Freedom Middle School
  • Kelley Lake Elementary School
  • Lithonia Middle School
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School
  • Meadowview Elementary School
  • Montclair Elementary School
  • Princeton Elementary School
  • Ronald E McNair Discover Learning Academy Elementary School
  • Smoke Rise Elementary School
  • Snapfinger Elementary School
  • Stoneview Elementary School
  • Dodge County High School
  • Dodge County Middle School
  • Radium Springs Elementary School
  • Radium Springs Middle School
  • Dublin Middle School
  • Susie Dasher Elementary
  • Claxton Elementary School
  • Bethune Elementary School
  • Gullatt Elementary School
  • Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary
  • Hapeville Charter Middle School
  • High Point Elementary School
  • Jackson Elementary School
  • Lake Forest Elementary
  • Lee Elementary School
  • Mount Olive Elementary School
  • Nolan Elementary School
  • Sandtown Middle School
  • Woodland Middle School
  • Centennial Arts Academy
  • Swain Elementary School
  • Greensboro Elementary
  • Rockbridge Elementary School
  • Lyman Hall Elementary School
  • White Sulphur Elementary School
  • Hancock Central Middle School
  • Huntington Middle School
  • Miller Elementary School
  • Pearl Stephens Elementary School
  • Washington Park Elementary School
  • Jeff Davis Elementary School
  • Carver Elementary School
  • Louisville Academy
  • Jenkins County Elementary School
  • Wells Primary School
  • Lanier County Elementary School
  • Long County Middle School
  • Macon County Elementary School
  • Macon County Middle School
  • Marietta High School
  • Manchester Middle School
  • Unity Elementary School
  • North Mitchell County Elementary School
  • Montgomery County Middle School
  • New Montgomery County Elementary School
  • Baker Middle School
  • Davis Elementary School
  • Georgetown Elementary School
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School
  • Rigdon Road Elementary School
  • Flint Hill Elementary
  • Fort Valley Middle School
  • Pelham Elementary School
  • Westside Elementary School
  • Youngs Grove Elementary School
  • Randolph County Elementary School
  • Bayvale Elementary School
  • Copeland Elementary School
  • Glenn Hills Middle School
  • Lamar – Milledge Elementary School
  • Morgan Road Middle School
  • Murphey Middle Charter School
  • Tutt Middle School
  • Wheeless Road Elementary School
  • Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School
  • Hightower Trail Elementary School
  • Sims Elementary School
  • Rome High School
  • Seminole County Middle/High School
  • Cowan Road Middle School
  • Ivy Preparatory Young Men’s Leadership Academy School
  • Carver Elementary School
  • Terrell Middle School
  • Upson-Lee High School
  • Annie Belle Clark Primary School
  • Len Lastinger Primary School
  • J. R. Trippe Middle School
  • Rossville Elementary School
  • Bacon Elementary School
  • Beaverdale Elementary School
  • Wilkinson County Elementary School
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  1. peachteach

    60% graduation rate is a “flag” that would put a school on a waiver for support: priority or focus. If a student has an IEP, they can stay in school until age 22 under IDEA. If a unique school that serves only students with special needs serves 100 +/- PK-12 students, they are only going to have 8% graduation rate —at best. My question is: how will the state “support” that graduation rate increase without violating the students’ rights under federal law? This may or may not be the situation at 2 of the schools on this list (Georgia Academy for the Blind, Georgia School for the Deaf), but I’ve taught where it has been.