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Title 1 Priority School

August 26, 2016

Dear  Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 requires that parents or guardians who have children attending a Title I school be notified of how well their school is preparing its students for college and/or career, as well as the school's designation status under Georgia's ESEA Flexibility Waiver. Under Georgia's ESEA Flexibility Waiver, certain Title I schools are designated as Reward, Priority, Focus, or Alert schools. The Waiver also 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 provides a score between 0-100 for each school, and that score measures how well the school is doing in preparing its students to be successful in college and/or a career.

In 2015-16 our CCRPI score was 64.8 (up from 51.2 in 2014), and our graduation rate 76.4 %. Despite our progress made in several areas, Randolph-Clay has been designated as a Priority School under Georgia's ESEA Flexibility Waiver for the 2016- 2017 school year. This is a three-year designation. Randolph-Clay is in year three of this School Improvement reform effort.

A Priority School receives its designation in one of two ways: 1) It is in the lowest performing 5 percent of Title I schools in the state based on student test scores, and there has been a lack of growth in these test scores over a number of consecutive years, or 2) It is a Title I-participating or Title I-eligible high school with a graduation rate less than 60 percent over a number of consecutive years. Our school has consistently struggled in the areas of math and social studies. Along with support from our LEA, we have placed additional supports in these areas to ensure that students are getting the targeted help that is needed. In addition, all content areas now have academic coaching support to supplement the implementation of Common Core Georgia Performance Standards being taught in each classroom.

As a Priority School, we will work together with parents/guardians, our community, and the Randolph County School District to execute a school plan that delivers the necessary support to address the learning needs of our students and increase their academic success. One of the main interventions we will provide is a Flexible Learning Program (FLP). Priority Schools are required to develop and offer FLPs. These programs offer extra academic help to students such as tutoring, remediation, and/or other educational supports. The goal of the FLP is to increase student learning, grades, and test scores. Students are placed in FLP using rank order.

An important part of Randolph Clay's success is parent participation and support in developing activities to improve student achievement. We hope that you will become involved in our school improvement work as we continue to monitor student achievement and set high expectations. If you are interested in participating in the development of our school improvement plans, being a part of our family engagement team or have questions about how you can better help your child in school, please contact , Cynthia Levatte, Counselor at 229-732-2101 or email her at cynthia.levatte@sowegak12.org .

Thank you for all that you do to support your child's education.

 

Sincerely,

Toney Jordan