The Georgia Department of Education announced Tuesday that 74 out of 243 schools, including Westside Elementary in Polk County,  have exited the Priority and Focus Schools lists.

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 extent to which that gap is closing.

“Every school that made the necessary improvements to exit Priority or Focus School status deserves to be commended,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “The ongoing work of these schools, coupled with supports from GaDOE staff and RESAs, continues to move the needle and prove that underperforming schools can improve, even when they face difficult odds.”

 

The following schools were removed from the Priority and Focus lists because they no longer meet the definition of a Priority or Focus school and have made the required improvements to exit:

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System Name School name Exit List
Atlanta Public Schools Benteen Elementary School Exit Focus
Atlanta Public Schools Brown Middle School Exit Focus
Atlanta Public Schools Cleveland Elementary School Exit Focus
Atlanta Public Schools Dobbs Elementary School Exit Focus
Atlanta Public Schools Fickett Elementary School Exit Focus
Atlanta Public Schools Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. High School Exit Priority
Atlanta Public Schools Parkside Elementary School Exit Focus
Atlanta Public Schools South Atlanta School of Health and Medical Science Exit Priority
Atlanta Public Schools The John Hope-Charles Walter Hill Elementary Schools Exit Focus
Barrow County Kennedy Elementary School Exit Focus
Carroll County Bowdon Middle School Exit Focus
Chatham County Windsor Forest Elementary School Exit Focus
Cherokee County Canton Elementary Exit Focus
Cherokee County William G. Hasty, Sr. Elementary School Exit Focus
Cobb County Birney Elementary School Exit Focus
Cobb County Milford Elementary School Exit Focus
Cobb County Osborne High School Exit Priority
Colquitt County Odom Elementary School Exit Focus
Colquitt County Okapilco Elementary School Exit Focus
Colquitt County Sunset Elementary School Exit Focus
Coweta County Eastside Elementary School Exit Focus
DeKalb County Allgood Elementary School Exit Focus
DeKalb County Bob Mathis Elementary School Exit Focus
DeKalb County Columbia Middle School Exit Focus
DeKalb County Kelley Lake Elementary School Exit Focus
DeKalb County Redan High School Exit Priority
Dodge County Dodge County Middle School Exit Focus
Dougherty County Radium Springs Elementary School Exit Focus
Dublin City Moore Street School Exit Priority
Fulton County Asa Hilliard Elementary School Exit Focus
Fulton County Gullatt Elementary School Exit Focus
Fulton County High Point Elementary School Exit Focus
Fulton County Jackson Elementary School Exit Focus
Fulton County Lake Forest Elementary Exit Focus
Gainesville City Centennial Arts Academy Exit Focus
Greene County Greene County High School Exit Priority
Greene County Greensboro Elementary Exit Focus
Gwinnett County Berkmar High School Exit Priority
Gwinnett County Meadowcreek High School Exit Priority
Gwinnett County Rockbridge Elementary School Exit Focus
Hall County Lyman Hall Elementary School Exit Focus
Hall County White Sulphur Elementary School Exit Focus
Hancock County Hancock Central Middle School Exit Focus
Houston County Miller Elementary School Exit Focus
Jasper County Washington Park Elementary School Exit Focus
Jeff Davis County Jeff Davis Elementary School Exit Focus
Jefferson County Louisville Academy Exit Focus
Johnson County Johnson County High School Exit Priority
Jones County Mattie Wells Elementary School Exit Focus
Lanier County Lanier County Elementary School Exit Focus
Macon County Macon County Middle School Exit Focus
Marietta City Marietta High School Exit Focus
Meriwether County Greenville Middle – High School Exit Priority
Mitchell County North Mitchell County Elementary School Exit Focus
Montgomery County Montgomery County Elementary School Exit Focus
Montgomery County Montgomery County Middle School Exit Focus
Muscogee County Jordan Vocational High School Exit Priority
Muscogee County Rigdon Road Elementary School Exit Focus
Newton County Flint Hill Elementary Exit Focus
Pelham City Pelham Elementary School Exit Focus
Polk County Westside Elementary School Exit Focus
Randolph County Randolph County Elementary School Exit Focus
Richmond County Bayvale Elementary School Exit Focus
Richmond County Copeland Elementary School Exit Focus
Rockdale County Sims Elementary School Exit Focus
Taliaferro County Taliaferro County School Exit Priority
Thomaston-Upson County Upson-Lee High School Exit Focus
Tift County Annie Belle Clark Primary School Exit Focus
Vidalia City J. R. Trippe Middle School Exit Focus
Walker County Rossville Elementary School Exit Focus
Wayne County Bacon Elementary School Exit Focus
Whitfield County Beaverdale Elementary School Exit Focus
Wilcox County Wilcox County High School Exit Priority
Wilkinson County Wilkinson County Elementary School Exit Focus