Welcome to the Federal Programs Department
Allen Kicklighter, Ed.D
Director of Federal Programs
The responsibilities of this department include:
•Oversight and administration of the Title I 1003(g) School Improvement Grant at BCHS.
•Oversight and administration of Title I, Race to the Top, Title III, 21st Century Learning Centers, and various grants and programs. Work with the Title II-A Director on aspects of Title II-A Related to other Federal Programs.
•Development and administration of a credit recovery program to assist students in re-taking failed classes to earn credit towards graduation.We will be using the Plato Learning computer courseware and the student work will be supervised by a qualified teacher.The student will be expected to achieve masterly level in order to receive credit.
The Accountability Team serves to improve communication between all Georgia public schools and other stakeholders regarding the federal and state education accountability initiatives.They also publish the Reward, Priority, Focus, and Alert School lists required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver of February 6, 2012.Additionally, the Accountability Team publishes the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) reports for all public school districts and schools.
On February 9, 2012, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) received waivers from ten requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) of 2001. ESEA/NCLB requires that parents or guardians who have children attending a Title I school be notified of the school’s academic achievement as well as a school’s designation under Georgia's ESEA Flexibility Waiver. This letter is intended to provide additional information concerning the options available to your child under Georgia's ESEA Flexibility Waiver, and to help you understand what the waiver will mean for you and your child.
Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the GaDOE will transition from needs improvement (NI) school designations based on adequate yearly progress (AYP) reports to Reward, Priority, Focus and Alert Schools designations based on ESEA Flexibility Waiver formulas. Title I schools will now implement specific programs and interventions based on Reward, Priority, Focus, and Alert Schools status. In addition, the GaDOE ESEA Flexibility Waiver outlines Georgia's new Single Statewide Accountability System, the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI). The CCRPI will serve as a comprehensive report card for all schools in Georgia. The state system will give parents, students, teachers and families a more complete and comprehensive picture of where a school or district is meeting performance expectations and where it is not.
The Georgia ESEA Flexibility Waiver also eliminated Supplemental Educational Services (SES) and Public School Choice (Choice). However, for schools designated as Priority or Focus (or Alert if they choose to provide the service) the Georgia ESEA Flexibility Waiver provides greater flexibility in designing a flexible learning program (FLP) tailored to the needs of the schools. As a result, these identified schools will have the capacity to serve more students in need of additional academic support.
I am very proud to tell you that WPS, SGA, BES, and BCMS have not been given a school designation this year, which means we are continuing to provide a quality education to all of our students.
I am very proud to tell you that BCHS has been given a school designation as a Priority School due to continuing to be involved with the 1003g School Improvement Grant, which means that we are continuing to provide a quality education and improve for all of our students.