Many Georgia schools today are reacting to news that they did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress required under Federal No Child Left Behind standards. Not a single high school in the Rome area of northwest Georgia made the mark.
Tim Hensley with Floyd County Schools says the schools are high performing, but not enough kids are graduating.
"All our high schools perform extremely well academically but all of them fell short of the AYP goal of 85 percent graduation rate," says Hensley. "They made all the other indicators but did not make that."
Hensley says Floyd County schools have an average graduation rate of 77 percent. That's ten percent more than when No Child Left Behind began in 2001. But the bar goes up each year with a goal of 100 percent proficiency by 2014.
To help get there, the county will open a learning center which Hensley hopes will give students the flexibility to stay in school.
"We’re starting a performance learning center which is going to allow them to work more on their own time and own schedule to reach graduation whether they want to speed up and graduate earlier or if they’re behind and need catch up," says Hensley.
One third of schools state-wide missed the AYP mark this year. Georgia and other states will be submitting waivers to create their own benchmarks next year because of what they call unrealistic federal goals.