The Georgia Department of Education yesterday, December 5th, released the list of schools across the state that have met the Priority and Focus exit criteria. Hightower Trail Elementary School has met all of the requirements and has been removed from the Focus list.

“We are excited to celebrate the success of Hightower Trail meeting all of the criteria to be removed from the Focus list,” says Interim Superintendent Shirley Chesser. “I am proud of the hard work of the faculty and staff to improve their Achievement Gap score. Achievement Gap includes both the size of the gap between the school’s bottom quartile of students and the state average, and the degree to which that gap is closing. To be removed from the Focus list, schools must demonstrate a minimum 2.5 point increase in the three-year average of Achievement Gap scores.”

According to the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) release, as Georgia transitions from Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), GADOE will no longer identify Priority and Focus schools.