August 5, 2003
Albany- Tuesday, the Georgia State Department of Education released the list of Title I, or poorer schools, that are on the "needs improvement" list this year.
456 schools did not make adequate yearly progress. 279 of them will have to provide student transfers or extra tutoring because they failed to improve in multiple years.
Twelve of 22 Title I schools in Dougherty County made progress, 10 did not.
They are Albany, Monroe, and Dougherty high schools, Albany, Dougherty, Merry Acres, Radium Springs, and Southside middle schools, and Martin Luther King, Jr. and Turner Elementary Schools.
Overall, schools in the second Congressional District have continued to improve.
"For two years previously, we have doubled the state improvement average. I had worried today that we would come off looking bad because were on higher ground. To go to even higher ground, that's a challenge," said Peggy Nielson, state board of education member.
The report card of Georgia public schools is posted on the State Department of Education website, which has experienced temporary outages, possibly caused by high traffic to it.
The lists for non-Title I schools will be released by the end of the month.
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