MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT/AP) - 9 schools in Bibb County and a total of 16 schools in the 41NBC coverage area are among the lowest performing schools in the state.
The Georgia Department of Education released it's priority list this week, as part of the state's waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.
To make the list, schools either perform poorly on state tests or have low graduation rates.
The nine schools on the list in Bibb County are Central High, Westside High, Rutland High, Northeast High, Hutchings Career Center, Southwest High, King-Danforth Elementary, Hartley Elementary, and Burghard Elementary Schools.
Dooly County High School, East Laurens High, Peach County High, Hawkinsville High School in Pulaski County, Twiggs, Wilcox, and Wilkinson County High Schools are also on the list.
Schools labeled by the state as "priority" schools will be eligible for help from the state that's designed to boost student achievement.
In all, 78 schools are named on the list.
Georgia was one of 10 states to win waivers last month from the highly criticized federal law. More states are expected to apply for relief.
The other designations for school performance under Georgia's waiver are: alert schools, focus schools and reward schools. All designations will be handed out by the fall.