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      Three Southwest Georgia schools named to 2014 Alert list

      The Georgia Department of Education has released their list of 2014 Alert schools and three schools in Southwest Georgia have made the list. / MGN Online


      The Georgia Department of Education has released their list of 2014 Alert schools as part of the state's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and three schools in Southwest Georgia have made the list.

      Affected schools for 2014 include Calhoun County Elementary School, Lee High School 9th Grade Campus and Pelham Elementary School.

      What is an alert school? The Georgia Department of Education uses the following criteria to define an Alert school:

      - A Title I or non-Title I school in the state.
      - Based on the lowest achievement of the "all students" group in terms of proficiency on statewide assessments.
      - Has demonstrated a lack of progress on those assessments over three years in the "all students" group.
      - May not be identified as a Priority School or Focus School.

      FOX 31 reached out to the Georgia Department of Education and asked what the next steps are for the department and affected schools along with what this meant for parents.

      GADoE officials say their next step is to have school improvement specialists work with the schools to identify areas where they are in need of assistance so they can make future progress.

      When posed with whether the next steps for schools included better prep for testing or new teachers, GADoE officials says that issues like that will be left up to each school and their district.

      For parents wonder what this means for their child, GADoE officials say this means that your child is in a lower performing school and that you would want to talk to the school's principal to find out what areas are causing them to show lower results/progress than most other schools.

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