The Georgia Department of Education has announced that Idlewood Elementary and Tucker Middle are among several metro area schools receiving special categorizations under a component of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Idlewood Elementary School was named a Subgroup Alert School, meaning that "its subgroup performance on a statewide assessment falls at or below the third deviation compared to the subgroup's state average," according to a report on 11 Alive.com. Subgroups can be determined by race, special needs and family income.
Additionally, Tucker Middle School was designated a "focus" school under the state's new accountability system. It is one of 156 schools in Georgia that are one step above the state's worst performing schools (known as priority schools). "The focus schools are ones with a graduation rate of less than 60 percent over two years or have large gaps between the highest and lowest achieving subgroup of students on campus," the report said.
Georgia was one of ten states granted waivers by President Obama in February from some of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind law. In return, the states "have agreed to raise standards, improve accountability, and undertake essential reforms to improve teacher effectiveness," the White House said in a statement.
What do you think of No Child Left Behind? Do these schools deserve their designations?