The following information was released by the Dougherty County School System:
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 requires that parents or guardians who have children attending a Title I school be notified of how well their school is preparing its students for college and/or a career, as well as the school's designation status under Georgia's ESEA Flexibility Waiver.
Under Georgia's ESEA Flexibility Waiver, certain Title I schools are designated as Reward, Priority, Focus, or Alert schools. The Waiver also allows the use of the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), which serves as a comprehensive report card for all schools in Georgia. The CCRPI provides a score between 0-100 for each school, and that score measures how well the school is doing in preparing its students to be successful in college and/or a career.
The Dougherty County School System has three Priority schools, Monroe Dougherty, and Albany High; two Focus schools: Albany Middle and Radium Middle; and three Alert Schools: Martin Luther King, Elementary, Northside and Jackson Heights. The Reward Schools are: Lamar Reese Magnet School of the Arts, Sherwood, Merry Acres and Southside. The remaining Title I schools have No School Designation: Alice Coachman, Live Oak, International Studies, Morningside, Radium Spring Elementary, Turner, and West Town.
All Dougherty County School System Title 1 Parents are made aware of their child's school's designation status under the ESEA Flexibility Waiver. The Priority, Focus and Alert School principals have mailed dated letters to parents of the students attending the above listed schools. The Title I No School Designation and
Reward School Designation parent notification letters are listed on the DCSS Website. Parents will receive a copy of the letter by August 15, 2014.
RD Harter with the Dougherty County School System says education is a partnership between schools and family. "When the schools are working to bring up deficit in one area or another whether it's the graduation rate or test score levels, parents need to be aware of that so they can work closely with these students to make sure they receive all that they can from these schools."