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.
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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
Oak Grove: 91.9
Cross Keys: 63.5
Destiny Achievers: 40.3
Druid Hills: 71.3
ML King: 59.9
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 http://ccrpi.gadoe.org/2012
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)