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 Georgia's School Turnaround Focus

The Chief Turnaround Office was created to develop and effectively execute an evidence-based model to implement the First Priority Act (House Bill 338) – which aligns to Georgia’s ESSA Plan.  This innovative strategy is a comprehensive, coordinated, and coherent approach to improve outcomes in schools that have been identified as being most in need of assistance.  In addition, as envisioned in the First Priority Act, the model is an opportunity to inform Georgia’s overarching approach of addressing low-performing schools. ​

This effort is a partnership between schools, districts, parents, community stakeholders, and policy-makers.  Georgia’s school turnaround strategy is essential because:

  • ​Ensuring Georgia has an educated and skilled workforce is paramount
  • ​Creating great schools will create great communities
  • Giving all children an opportunity to achieve is a moral imperative


The First Priority Act embeds four decisive expectations that undergirds a comprehensive model to effectively implement the legislation:

  • Develop partnerships with schools and district stakeholders
  • Provide an additional tier of academic and non-academic support to improve outcomes at targeted schools
  • Promote cohesiveness and collaboration across agencies and organizations
  • Share and promote innovative/best practices to impact schools statewide