Wed., March 21, 2012 6:27am (EDT)

State Names 'Focus' Schools
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Georgia was one of 10 to win waivers last month from the federal No Child Left Behind law. The state’s new accountability system includes identifying schools that need additional resources. (Photo Courtesy of Ian Britton via FreeFoto.com.)
Georgia was one of 10 to win waivers last month from the federal No Child Left Behind law. The state’s new accountability system includes identifying schools that need additional resources. (Photo Courtesy of Ian Britton via FreeFoto.com.)
The Georgia Department of Education has released a list of 156 schools labeled as "focus" schools under the state's new accountability system.

The schools are one step above the state's worst performing schools — called "priority" schools — which were named last week. The "focus" schools are ones with a graduation rate of less than 60 percent over two years or have large gaps between the highest and lowest achieving subgroup of students on campus.

Subgroups can be determined by race, special needs and family income.

The state was one of 10 to win waivers last month from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The other designations for school performance are: alert schools and reward schools. All designations will be handed out by the fall.

Click here to see the full list of focus schools.