DeKalb’s new CCRPI scores: 66.4, 73.5, 71.2

State School Superintendent John Barge on Tuesday released first-year results of the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index, the state’s new accountability system that replaces the No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress measurement. The CCRPI measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale and the average score for Georgia’s elementary schools is 83.4, middle schools is 81.4 and high schools is 72.6.

Read more: The Daily Tribune News

Barge addressed The Daily Tribune News during a press conference Tuesday, saying it is premature at this point to consider score discrepancies between local schools or state averages as significant or insignificant.

“… This is establishing our baseline, so I would hesitate to say [for example] three points is significant because I would want to wait and see next year how all of our schools perform compared to this year to know if three points is significant or if 10 points is significant,” Barge said. “It will really depend on how all of those schools perform year to year.”

Barge explained the results cannot be compared to AYP testing results because the CCRPI measures results from different learning areas and, for example, provides percentage-point incentives for schools with students who follow a rigorous curriculum that includes AP and honors-level courses. He said overall the CCRPI’s intent is to go beyond the realm of measuring student success because AYP rated schools on a pass/fail system.

“What we’ve wanted to do with the index, and what we hope we accomplish with this, is this accountability system now drives school improvement,” Barge said. “Schools know exactly where they need to improve on these indicators.

“Our hope is by breaking out these indicators and having schools accountable for the full scope of work they do, that we have a framework that drives school improvement … and there’s no question where they need to go.”

In DeKalb, the averages were near the bottom of the state, with only Clayton County and City of Atlanta Schools performing worse:

High School: 66.4
Middle School: 73.5
Elementary School: 71.2

However, when you start sorting DeKalb’s results on a school by school basis, you start to see a very uneven balance of success. Some random comparisons:

Chapel Hill: 69.5
Fairington: 59
Fernbank: 95.4
Hambrick: 62.9
Idlewood: 61.4
Kittredge: 99.5
Meadowview: 53
Oak Grove: 91.9
Wadsworth: 101.9

Arabia: 81.9
Chamblee: 82.7
Clarkston: 57.1
Cross Keys: 63.5
Destiny Achievers: 40.3
Dunwoody: 83.7
Druid Hills: 71.3
Lakeside: 73.6
ML King: 59.9
Stephenson: 75.7
Towers: 56.1
Tucker: 66.3

In fact, in spite of our troubles at many schools, congratulations goes out to DeKalb School of the Arts, DeKalb Early College Academy and Wadsworth Elementary Schools for making the TOP FIVE lists in the state!

To view all local scores, visit

Definitions and descriptions for the CCRPI data:

  • Schools and districts are graded on a 100 point-scale on the index and can receive up to 10 bonus points for a total possible score of 110.
  • Achievement points (based on results of the CRCT in grades 3-8 and end of course tests in grades 9-12, measures of whether students are ready for the next level and the 4-year and 5-year grad rates) — up to 70 points
  • Progress points (based on the percent of a school’s students who show typical or high academic growth on state tests) — up to 15 points
  • Achievement gap points (schools can either receive points for closing or having small achievement gaps on state tests or for year-over-year gap change) — up to 15 points
  • Challenge points (schools can receive if they have a significant number of economically disadvantaged students, English learners and students with disabilities meeting expectations or if they exceed the CCRPI state targets in college-ready programs) — up to 10 bonus points

Download the State DOE’s Powerpoint here>> Georgia’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI)

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8 Responses to DeKalb’s new CCRPI scores: 66.4, 73.5, 71.2

  1. Kim says:

    I know I posted in another comment thread but how proud should the students and faculty of the Braves at Sequoyah be? Here’s our area middle schools. Our neighbors better watch out in coming years as this group feeds through Cross Keys:

    Chamblee Middle School Middle 90.3
    Peachtree Middle School Middle 86.1
    Sequoyah Middle School Middle 85.8
    Henderson Middle School Middle 85.7
    Tucker Middle School Middle 80.1
    Druid Hills Middle School Middle 72.7

  2. Tired Mom says:

    What I find particularly interesting with all these scores is the sheer volume of data represented within them. It’s easy to just look at the overall numbers and make a judgement…but these CCRPI scores actually hold a ton of information in them.

    But the key is…you have to look for it. If you simply stop at the overall score, you are missing so much.

  3. Very true, Tired Mom. We encourage people to spend time taking in some of the data available at the state’s website. There are several tabs in each data area breaking down the data into categories.
    Of course, there’s the overall CCRPI Score, but then we can delve deeper into Achievement Score, Progress, Achievement Gap, ED/EL/SWD Performance Points, Exceeding the Bar, Star Ratings and Performance Flags. This will be so much more usable than the old, simply AYP pass/fail method of evaluating schools.

  4. Nikole says:

    As a teacher, I like this system MUCH better than AYP. Especially as a teacher in a struggling school. AYP just said that you failed, but this score gives us a baseline and you don’t feel so pessimistic about your chances of improving. Also, schools that always pass, but have ignored certain populations, will probably put more focus on different ways to educate these students. Your score now depends on how well you educate all students and you can’t hide behind the higher scoring population in your school.

  5. Refugee from DCSS says:

    From CrossRoads News just now – Michael Perrone just resigned as DeKalb Schools CFO

  6. bettyandveronica1 says:

    I agree you really have to look into the make up of these numbers. It is not hard but it does take some time to gather where the school needs improvement. Looks like attendance is still an issue for a lot of DeKalb schools, I am sure we’ll be hearing about this next school year. With good reason. of course. I do think this gives a principal or parent the information they need to really see if this the school for their kids or do they need to look elsewhere when getting ready to invest. Interesting data.
    Just looking at the two Magnet school, they were pretty close 97.2 for KMS and 95.0 for Wadsworth. This was before they added in challenge points. Which I think is really how we should look at the scores, before the challenge points are included.
    This definitely gives a parent a deeper look into the what goes on in the school house, right down to the Fitness grams and career path and completed portfolios.

  7. Concernedmom30329 says:

    the challenge points are an important part of the formula. The reality is that at risk students who excelled should be weighted more than kids with all the advantages. It most likely is a reflection of a school doing very well by those students.

    I will say that I think schools of choice, with admission standards, should be excluded from the charts totally. Some high school rankings have started to rank those schools separately. KMS and WMS should have high scores.

  8. The new CCRPI measure… It is a step in the right direction though not perfect yet. I think the scores need to be an eye opener for DeKalb that even our “highest performing” schools are not performing at the levels they need to. As in another conversation string, Gwinnett was mentioned. Have a look at their scores and the district rating as a whole. Amazing! Truly a model for the rest of us. They are doing a lot right while serving a huge student population. Time to form a system that works and sticks.

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