Interactive: Which failing Georgia schools could be taken over by the state?
By Mandi Albright and Erica A. Hernandez
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Introduced in the 2015 Legislative Session, Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan would create a statewide school district and give his office broad new powers to take over failing schools. It would for the first time ever create a statewide “Opportunity School District” to oversee the program — led by a superintendent who would report directly to the governor and not the state education department. Learn more about Opportunity School Districts here.
The schools shown in this interactive map are from a list of schools (dated May 2016) that could be taken over (excepting alternative, non-traditional and special education schools), which was posted in May by the Governor's Office of Student Achievement. A score below 60 on the CCRPI is considered a failing score. Schools that earned an "F" rating (below 60), assigned by GOSA and based on the state accountability system approved by the State Board of Education for a minimum of three consecutive years, are eligible. The system the state board uses is the College and Career Ready Performance Index, which takes into account student achievement, student growth year by year, and reducing the gap between the lowest quarter of students in a school and the state average. In APS, Connally and Venetian Hills Elementary Schools have merged and only data for Connally is represented here.
HOW TO READ THIS MAP
Schools shown in green ranked in the higher end of the "F" rating spectrum (59.9 on the CCRPI) while those shown in red ranked in the lowest end (40.4). Schools that fell between these numbers are shown in lighter greens and reds. To move this map, hover, then click on the right arrow shown in the toolbar and then use the second icon from left. To magnify a particular area or make it smaller, hover, then click the "+" or "-" icons.
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» Source: Georgia Department of Education
-- Data visualization by Mandi Albright, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution