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:
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are 10% of Title I schools that have 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,
have the largest within-school gaps in graduation rates
(within-school-gaps Focus School). They can also be Title I high schools
with a graduation rate less than 60 percent over a number of years
that are not identified as a Priority School (low-graduation-rate
Focus School). The Focus schools will remain in focus status for 3
are identified each year and consist of Title I and Non-Title I
schools based on nine ESEA/NCLB subgroups. They fall into one of the
three following categories using ESEA disaggregated subgroups or
subject performance on both statewide assessments and graduation
rate: Graduation Alert, Subgroup Alert or Subject Alert. Alert
status changes annually.
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.