The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law holds public schools accountable for student performance and for providing parents with options when schools do not meet high academic standards.  In addition, the law provides that students who attend any school that has been designated under the law as “persistently dangerous” may transfer to another public school.  Students who have been a victim of a violent crime at school also are eligible to transfer.

The federal law places Title I schools that fail to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two or more consecutive years in “Needs Improvement” status.  These schools must offer school choice- -giving students the opportunity to attend to a higher-performing school – and certain NI schools will offer supplemental educational services, such as tutoring for eligible students.

In Georgia, AYP is determined by the Georgia Department of Education, using results from two state exams—the Criterion- Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) for elementary and middle schools and the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) for high schools.



AYP is one of the cornerstones of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  It is a measure of year- to- year student achievement on statewide assessments.

If you have questions or need additional, contact Corene Hamilton, Assistant Superintendent/Title I Director at (229) 524-2433 or