The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) submitted to the U. S. Department of Education (US ED) an application requesting flexibility through waivers of ten Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) requirements and their associated, regulatory, administrative and reporting requirements. On February 9, 2012, Georgia’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver was approved by the US ED. Two of the ten requested waivers directly affected supplemental educational services (SES) and public school choice (Choice). The waiver allows local educational agencies (LEAs) greater flexibility in designing a flexible learning program tailored to the needs of their school and will have the capacity to serve more students in need for additional academic support.
Flexible Learning Programs replace the services previously offered by Supplemental Educational Services.
Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the GaDOE will transition from needs improvement (NI) distinctions based on adequate yearly progress (AYP) reports to Reward, Priority, Focus and Alert Schools distinctions based on the 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.
Title I schools not making adequate yearly progress (AYP) will transition from AYP to ESEA flexibility waiver formulas and may be identified as a Priority School or Focus School. Priority Schools and Focus Schools will be required to implement and develop a Flexible Learning Program (FLP) during the 2012-2012 school year. Priority Schools and Focus Schools have been identified and will continue to be served with support interventions for 3 years.
Bainbridge High School has been identified as a Focus School. A Flexible Learning Program will be offered to eligible students focusing on the content area of math.
If you have additional questions or concerns please contact: Kathy Varner, Director of Federal Programs at 229-248-2836 or the school site coordinators.
BHS - Mr.Tommie Howell, Principal of Bainbridge High School at 229-248-2230.