ATLANTA -- A report released this week from the Georgia Department of Education named 78 of the state's lowest performing public schools, a document that includes Gwinnett InterVention Center East, Gwinnett InterVention Center West and Meadowcreek High School.
A representative with the state board of education said the 78 facilities were designated as priorities because they were "among the lowest in the state in terms of achievement measures" such as graduation rates and test scores.
Justin Pauly,a spokesman with the state board of education, said the schools will remain on the priority list for three years, during which time the facilities must offer a flexible learning program, develop a corrective action program, communicate with parents about the school's status, share data and explain to parents how they can get involved.
Pauly said the state will offer assistance during the three-year stint.
The labels of priority schools, focus schools, alert schools and reward schools will replace the designations used in the federal No Child Left Behind initiative. President Barack Obama granted waivers for the federal mandates in February.
Schools once targeted by No Child Left Behind as "needs improvement" will be replaced by the new designations.
Two of the three local schools that made the list are alternative schools which are for students on long-term suspension for disciplinary matters, according to Sloan Roach, spokesperson for Gwinnett County Public Schools.
Roach said students at GIVE Centers East and West may "spend a semester or a year" at the schools.
She said the district is "working with the department of education to learn more about this new category and to see what we can do to support these schools as well."
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