State says 61 schools have moved off low-performing lists

[private]The state Department of Education said Tuesday that 61 low-performing public schools have shown enough improvement in student performance and graduation rates to move out of the categories in which they’d been placed.

The department said the schools have been able to exit the “Priority” and “Focus” school lists.

“These schools worked directly with our DOE staff and with Georgia RESAs, and their leaders and teachers deserve immense credit for the progress they’ve made,” state school Supt. Richard Woods said.

Priority Schools are the lowest-performing 5 percent of Title I schools based on achievement data and a graduation rate below 60 percent for two consecutive years. Focus Schools are the lowest-performing 10 percent of Title I schools based on achievement gap data.

The schools that are leaving these lists include eight in the Atlanta city system and eight in the DeKalb County system, two systems that have often been criticized by Gov. Nathan Deal and other state officials for their large numbers of “failing schools.”

Another eight of the exiting schools are in the Fulton County system.

“We continue to see that underperforming schools can improve and move the needle for their students, even when they face difficult odds,” Woods said.

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