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Several panhandle schools among state's lowest performers

The Texas Education Agency received a waiver allowing them to rank the state's schools
AMARILLO -- Three Amarillo schools are among the state's lowest performing schools.

        The 18 area schools, including one in River Road ISD are considered among the bottom 15% of schools in the state.

        That means they're subject to a series of federal interventions and if they don't improve over a two year period, could be shut down or merged with another school district.

        There are 12 area campuses considered focus schools.  That means they'll be receiving an additional $20,000 in federal funds to help fix their problems.
       
        The six priority schools in our area will be getting an extra $161,000 to pay for the improvement process.

        The Priority/Focus designations replace the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) rankings previously used under the No Child Left Behind act.

        The schools listed as priorty schools are considred to be among the lowest 5% of schools in Texas when it comes to academic performance and graduation rates.

        Focus schools are those in the bottom 5% to 15% range.

        To see how your child's school is doing Click Here for a link to the Texas Education Agency.

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