State targets 157 schools for extra help

      The Georgia Department of Education released a list of 157 focus schools they're targeting to help as part of an accountability system.

      The schools in Southwest Georgia on listed alphabetically by county below:

      • Atkinson County â" Atkinson County Middle School
      • Ben Hill County â" Ben Hill County Middle School
      • Crisp County â" Crisp County High School, A.S. Clark Elementary School
      • Dougherty County â" Albany Middle School, Radium Springs Middle School
      • Sumter County â" Sumter County Elementary School, Sumter County Middle School
      • Terrell County â" Terrell Middle School
      • Tift County â" J.T. Reddick Elementary School
      • Turner County â" Turner County Elementary School

      All of the schools had either a graduation rate under 60% or significant gaps in test scores. The Georgia Department of Education says support and interventions will begin in June.

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