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.
Georgia will not get 70 million in federal grant dollars officials hoped to use to improve early childhood education. The state had hoped to win a portion of the latest federal Race to the Top funding focused on early learning, but was not among nine states chosen for the grants.
Georgia is among the top states in the nation for tracking students over the course of their education, according to a report released Thursday. Educators say having that kind of data enables them to provide better instruction and see where student achievement is lacking.
Last year, one in ten kids in public schools missed more than 15 days of school. A state study shows how important being in class is to student achievement. The State Department of Education tracked the performance and attendance of students from 2007 to 2011.
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.