The responsibilities of this department include:
- Oversight and administration of Title I, III, IV, V, IX, 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.
All of Burke County Public Schools are School-Wide Title I Schools. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 requires parents and/or guardians to be notified of how well the district’s schools are preparing students for college and/or career, as well as each school’s designation status under Georgia’s ESEA Flexibility Wavier.
The waiver allows the use of the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), which serves as a comprehensive report card for all schools in Georgia. The CCRPI provided a score for each school between 0-100 for each school, and the score measures or represents how well the school is doing in preparing students for be success in college and/ or a career. 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. We do not have any schools in the district that are labeled as Priority, Focus or Opportunity 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 transitioned 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.
Priority and Focus Schools
Georgia’s approved Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver provides Georgia flexibility in the implementation of school improvement requirements found in ESEA section 1116(b) to identify for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring, as appropriate, its Title I schools that fail, for two consecutive years or more, to make AYP. Under Georgia’s approved ESEA Flexibility Waiver, the state identifies Title I schools based on two categories of school improvement: Prioirty Schools and Focus Schools.
A Priority School is a school that, based on the most recent data available, has been identified as among the lowest-performing schools in the state. The total number of Priority Schools in a state must be at least 5-percent of the Title I schools in the state.
A Priority School is
- a school among the lowest 5-percent of Title I schools in the state based on the achievement of the all students group in terms of proficiency on the statewide assessments that are part of the SEA’s differentiated recognition, accountability, and support system, combined, and has demonstrated a lack of progress on those assessments over a number of years in the all students group;
- a Title I participating or Title I eligible high school with a graduation rate less than 60-percent over a number of years; or
- a Tier I or Tier II school under the School Improvement Grant 1003(g)(SIG) program that is using SIG funds to implement a school intervention model.
A Focus School is a Title I school in the state that, based on the most recent data available, is contributing to the achievement gap in the state. The total number of Focus Schools in a state must equal at least 10-percent of the Title I schools in the state.
A Focus School is
- a school that has the largest within-school gaps between the highest-achieving subgroup or subgroups and the lowest-achieving subgroup or subgroups or, at the high school level, has the largest within-school gaps in graduation rates; or
- a school that has a subgroup or subgroups with low achievement or, at the high school level, low graduation rates.