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 Focus Schools


  • To focus on closing achievement gaps and enabling all subgroups of students to meet performance targets identified in the ESEA Flexibility Waiver in the academic areas
  • To focus on strategies to increase the graduation rate

 Focus School Definition

 ​Title I schools

  • Must not meet the definition of a Priority School 
  • 3-year average of Achievement Gap scores 
    • Achievement Gap will be weighted by enrollment for schools with more than one grade band 
    • Schools must have 3 years of data 
  • Rank schools by 3-year average of Achievement Gap scores 
  • Select lowest 10% 
  • Schools identified as Focus Schools in 2012 which do not meet the exit criteria will be re-identified as Focus Schools
The Georgia Department of ​​Education (GaDOE) and Regional Education Service Agencies(RESAs) work collaboratively to provide the following:
  • RESA school improvement specialists who assist Focus Schools by providing ongoing technical assistance to Title I Focus Schools within the RESA regions.
  • The GaDOE provides:
    • School Improvement Funds, Title I, Part A, 1003(a) to Title I Focus Schools.
    • Professional learning opportunities such as the Instructional Leadership Academy for district and building leaders working in Title I Focus Schools.
  • The GaDOE and RESA school effectiveness specialists assist and support school and district leaders with Indistar implementation in Title I Focus Schools.

 School Improvement Grant 1003(a) Purpose

  • To provide financial resources to local educational agencies (LEA) on behalf of Title I schools identified as Alert, Focus, or Priority. 

District Monitoring Cycles for Federal Programs Years 2015-2018

Monitoring Schedule on the District and School Performance Standards for Priority, Focus, and SIG Schools

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