The Newton County School System received good news Thursday when they were informed no schools had been placed on the Alert School list.
Under the state's No Child Left Behind Act waiver, Georgia schools have to report to the public based on their missing the criteria for graduation, subject and subgroups. According to the Georgia Department of Education, an Alert School is identified to address the need to raise student achievement on statewide assessments in the areas of graduation rate for high schools and subgroup performance and subject performance for elementary and middle schools.
A graduation alert school is one in which graduation rate falls at or below the third standard deviation compared to the statewide subgroup average; a subgroup alert school is one whose subgroup performance on any statewide assessment falls at or below the third deviation compared to the subgroup's state average; and a subject alert school is one whose subject area performance on any statewide assessment falls at or below the third deviation compared to the subject's state average. These can be schools which are Title I or not.
Of the list of 29 Georgia schools, two in the Atlanta Public Schools, along with Richmond, Muscogee, Clayton and Hall counties were on the list, as well as five from DeKalb County - which had the most alert schools.