FOCUS SCHOOL PARENT NOTIFICATION
June 26, 2014
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 a 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.
Eagle Ridge’s CCRPI score for the 2012-2013 was 66.8. Additional information regarding the CCRPI can be found on the Georgia Department of Education website, www.gadoe.org.
Despite the progress made by our students, Eagle Ridge Elementary has been designated as a Focus School under Georgia’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver for the 2014 school year. This designation is based on our school’s performance in 2011 and we keep this designation for three years, having begun in 2012.
A Focus School receives its designation in one of three ways: 1) It is a Title I school with some of the largest gaps in student achievement between subgroups of students, 2) It is a Title I school with some of the largest gaps in graduation rates between subgroups of students, or 3) It is a Title I-participating high school with a graduation rate less than 60 percent over a number of consecutive years that is not identified as a Priority School.
Eagle Ridge Elementary was identified as a Focus School because of the achievement gap between two student subgroups. The subgroups were Students with Disabilities (SWD) and White Students. Based on 2011 CRCT data, a significant gap existed between SWD and White Students in all subject contents.
As a Focus School, we will work together with parents/guardians, our community, and the Baldwin County School District to develop a school plan that delivers the necessary support to address the learning needs of our students and increase their academic success.
In 2013-14 Eagle Ridge offered supplemental programs through Focus Time and Saturday school to help students improve academically. Focus Time was a supplemental reading class provided during the school day and Saturday School (SS) was done every other Saturday for grades K-5. In 2014-2015 Eagle Ridge will continue to offer Saturday School. The Increased Learning Time Module (ILT) will also be used in 2015 to increase academic focus on reading, math and language arts. Eagle Ridge will also offer supplemental reading and math during the school day for qualifying students.
An important part of Eagle Ridge’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 Dr. Sharon Simmons, Assistant Superintendent at 478.457.2920 or Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for all that you do to support your child’s education.
Mrs. Jeanette Scott
INTRADISTRICT TRANSFER OPTION
PARENT NOTIFICATION LETTER
Date: June 26, 2014
This letter is to inform you that Eagle Ridge Elementary School has been identified as a:
Priority School X Focus School Alert Title I School
Under Georgia’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 Flexibility Waiver that was approved in 2012, Priority, Focus and Title I Alert Schools no longer have to provide Public School Choice under ESEA, but rather have reverted to Georgia’s Intradistrict Transfer Option.
The Intradistrict Transfer Option allows a parent/guardian to request a transfer from their child’s assigned school to a school of the parent’s choice within the school zone/district that their child resides. However, the intradistrict transfer may be granted to your child only if the school to which the request for transfer has classroom space available after all the assigned students have been enrolled.
The Intradistrict Transfer Option does not require the district to pay for transportation to the transfer school; therefore, the school district will not pay for transportation for your child if the intradistrict transfer option is granted.
For your convenience, the district’s list of schools with available classroom space for the upcoming school year is listed below. In order to process your request, you will need to complete and submit the attached “Transfer Request Form.” Requests for transfers will not be accepted after the close of business on August 21, 2014.
Transfer requests will be reviewed and approved or denied on the basis of a lottery in the event a particular school has available space and the number of transfer requests exceeds the remaining available capacity. Once available classroom space is reached at a school, no more transfers will be accepted at that school. Since it is possible that you may not receive your first choice, you may indicate more than one choice on the enclosed Transfer Request Form.
You will be notified by phone call or in writing of the final decision regarding your transfer request. If the request is granted, notification will include the school your child will attend.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the person listed below:
Dr. Sharon Simmons, Assistant Superintendent
Sharon.email@example.com or (478)457-2920
Dr. Sharon Simmons
Elementary Schools/Grades K-5: Blandy Hills Elementary, Creekside Elementary, Midway Elementary
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