Conyers, Ga. –
The Georgia Department of Education today released the list of schools across the state that have met the Priority and Focus exit criteria. Sims Elementary School has met all of the requirements, including improving its achievement gap score and significantly increasing its College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score, and has been removed from the Focus list.
“We are extremely pleased to see that Sims Elementary has met the criteria to be removed from the Focus list,” says Superintendent Richard Autry. “I am proud of the hard work of the faculty and staff to ensure all students are on a path to success. Together with students and parents, the school raised their CCRPI score significantly over the past year from 69.7 to 80.8 and specifically their achievement gap score from 6.9 to 8.3 (out of 10 possible), which is one of the school improvement requirements. Achievement gap includes 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.”
“Every school that made the necessary improvements to exit Priority or Focus School status deserves to be commended,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods says. “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.”
According to the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE), as Georgia transitions from ESEA Waiver, which granted flexibility from some provisions of No Child Left Behind, to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), GADOE will no longer identify Priority and Focus schools.