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. The waiver allows Clayton County
School System greater flexibility in designing a flexible learning program tailored to the needs
of each Focus and Alert school.
The Flexible Learning Program (FLP) is an alternative supplemental academic intervention that
allows for additional academic support, particularly in the areas of Language Arts and Mathematics.
During the 2012 - 2013 school year, Clayton County Public Schools Focus and Alert Schools will
implement the Flexible Learning Program (FLP) in the following schools:
Roberta T. Smith
Focus Schools Description: is a Title I participating high school with a graduation rate less than 60
percent over two years; or a Title I school that has the largest within-school
gaps between the highest-achieving subgroup or subgroups and the lowest-achieving
subgroup or subgroups or, at the high school level, has the largest within-school
gaps in graduation rates ("within-school-gaps" focus school). May not be
identified as a Priority School.
Alert Schools Description: The new ESEA Waiver Extension describes Alert schools as schools that
are "among the lowest six to nine percent of schools based on achievement
of the 'all students' group in terms of proficiency and have demonstrated
a lack of progress over a number of years [for this year, the "number of
years" is 2011, 2012, and 2013]." An Alert school may not be identified as
a Priority School or Focus School.
Flexible Learning Programs (FLP) will be tailored to the needs of the academically at-risk
students in a school in order to provide assistance for students to achieve proficiency in
relation to the state academic content standards. Flexible Learning Programs are not repetitive
in the teaching strategies that are utilized with the students during regular instructional/classroom
time. FLP students will receive services twice a week or on Saturday. Transportation will
be provided for all FLP students.