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9 Atlanta schools improve enough to get off state’s low-performer lists

Nine Atlanta schools have improved enough to make it off Georgia’s lists of the lowest performing schools.

The Atlanta schools were among the 74 statewide that the Georgia Department of Education announced Tuesday had been removed from the state’s lists of “Focus” and “Priority” schools.

“We are very pleased to learn that nine APS schools have been removed from the state’s Focus and Priority lists,” Atlanta Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said in a written statement. “While we are making strategic improvements with our transformation efforts, we still have much work to do toward improving student achievement.”

Some call it “OSD lite” or “OSD plan b." It shares some characteristics of the Opportunity School District rejected by voters in a November referendum.

Priority schools are the bottom 5 percent of all high-poverty schools based on state test scores, plus schools with graduation rates below 60 percent for two years in a row.

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Focus schools are the bottom 10 percent of high-poverty schools based on the achievement gap between a school’s lowest performing students and the state average and the progress towards closing that gap.

The Atlanta schools that made it off the Priority and Focus schools lists are:

  • Benteen Elementary School - Exit Focus 
  • Brown Middle School - Exit Focus 
  • Cleveland Elementary School - Exit Focus 
  • Dobbs Elementary School - Exit Focus 
  • Fickett Elementary School - Exit Focus 
  • Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. High School - Exit Priority 
  • Parkside Elementary School - Exit Focus 
  • South Atlanta School of Health and Medical Science - Exit Priority 
  • The John Hope-Charles Walter Hill Elementary Schools - Exit Focus

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