Two Tucker Schools Get Low Rankings

Idlewood Elementary and Tucker Middle receive Alert Schools rankings, a component of the No Child Left Behind Act.

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. 

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, 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?


Jane Patla Tanner May 24, 2012 at 04:54 PM
This is probably due to large gaps between high/low achievers. Hopefully this will bring funding for tutoring & remedial classes. It will help students, teachers, and property values in the long run. Get involved - join Tucker Parent Council and/or call the schools to see how you can help. TCA helped out Idlewood last year with a campus clean-up and also raised money to purchase Student Planners for every student.
Bob Peppel May 25, 2012 at 03:56 AM
I think the Federal government needs to get out of our schools altogether. We need to do away with this everybody needs to feel good attitude. Kids need to learn early on that there is a penalty for failure to work hard. If they don't learn that in school, they are in for a brutal shock when they graduate and get a job. The real test of a school's quality is whether or not their graduates can function as members of society not that they can all pass the same test.
Cheryl Miller May 30, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Bob, you mean "IF they graduate and get a job."
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