DeKalb Student Growth Percentile (SGP) vs the rest of the state

Stan Jester has posted yet another couple of fact-filled blog posts full of interesting information.

First, New Data – Student Growth Percentile (SGP)

The Georgia Department of Education released Student Growth Percentile (SGP) data yesterday. SGPs describe the amount of growth a student has demonstrated on the CRCTs relative to academically-similar students from across the state.

SGPs are used as a measure of student progress in the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). SGPs are one of multiple measures used to provide an indication of teacher and leader effectiveness in the Teacher and Leader Keys Effectiveness Systems (TKES and LKES).

Use Stan’s links found at the post above to research your child’s school.

Then Stan posted information explaining SGP in detail.

SGPs describe the amount of growth a student has demonstrated relative to academically-similar students from across the state. Growth percentiles range from 1 to 99, with lower percentiles indicating lower academic growth and higher percentiles indicating higher academic growth. With SGPs, all students – regardless of their achievement level – have the opportunity to demonstrate all levels of growth.

Quick Explanation; Student Growth Percentile

StudentGrowthPercentileTimmy scored a 750 on the CRCT in the 3rd grade last year and a 770 on the CRCT in the 4th grade this year. His Academic Peer Group is everybody that scored a 750 on the CRCT in the 3rd grade last year in Georgia. To find Timmy’s SGP, compare Timmy’s 4th grade score with the 4th grade score of everybody in Timmy’s Peer Group. Timmy’s SGP is determined by the percentage of peers he outscored on the 4th grade math test.

Read more about SGPs and enjoy Stan’s pull down menu to research your own school’s SGP here >> DeKalb Student Growth Percentile (SGP)


Ty Tagami at the AJC also wrote about the lackluster results in DeKalb on the new Student Growth Percentile (SGP) data used in Georgia to rank student progress.

Top-ranked DeKalb schools not so great on growth

County schools posted average performances based on Georgia’s new “student growth model,” which measures how much students learn in a year compared with peers across the state.

The results are derived from year-to-year performance on Georgia’s Criterion Referenced Competency Tests and End of Course Tests and are for the 2012-13 school year. Change in a student’s test performance is compared against that of peers who had similar scores in the prior year.

DeKalb’s Wadsworth Magnet School for High Achievers lived up to its name in fourth- and fifth-grade math and in fifth-grade reading, with a 100 percent pass rate on the CRCT. However, when compared to peers across Georgia, students at the school registered modest growth: 35 percent in fourth-grade math, 43 percent in fifth-grade math and 46 percent in fifth-grade reading. The median growth percentage gives parents a new way to assess the performance of their school, says the Georgia Department of Education.

Ty includes a link to the state DOE’s website so that you can check out your child’s school’s results. His article also includes the AJC video explaining the ‘Timmy’ story referenced in Stan’s post. It’s very helpful.

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3 Responses to DeKalb Student Growth Percentile (SGP) vs the rest of the state

  1. H.A. Hurley says:

    Georgia did it again! The brightest students living in the highest socioeconomic communities and attending the highest scoring schools, will score the lowest because they most likely function above the 90th%ile and have little room to improve. Above grade level performance will yield lower SGP than children who increase their scores at the lower end.
    Bravo! Brilliant!
    Dekalb really needs that PR Boost and corporations are rushing in and recommending that their employees go to the ‘Best’ schools in DCS.
    Oh, sure!
    On top of that, the CRCT is scrapped and the new test is predicted to drop all scores about 30%, and making the content ‘harder’.
    They have control over the Pass Scores and they plan to make sure more children will fail and do poorly. This is not just another brilliant move, this is by design. If you follow the national education reform movement, this is precisely what is happening in NYS & NYC, as planned. The corporate non-educators running this reform, per Bill Gates & Co., Arne Duncan & RTTT$….there is ‘Gold in them thar hills’ with Testing, Testing & more Testing. GA must offer its children for sale to benefit at the corporate trough!
    We’re no dummies! We know how to make the money we need to ‘educate’ our children. The testing companies, Microsoft computers, and the entire testing industry just love us. Bet, you can’t pick up a practice workbook or other curriculum materials at Warmart without seeing CommonCore written on it.
    Katchink$$$. But, we must follow the rules and test, test, test! Teachers Must Teach To The Test, which used to be unethical! Not anymore! Testing has become Teaching and the Curriculum is what is on the test. Sorry Kids, you want to learn other things?
    Nope, not on the test.
    Now, the new test will lower and drop and reset the separate and unequal clocks for our children.
    Just follow the $$$ and watch. Oh, BTW, teachers will be accountable for the testing outcome, which is already SET to fail more children.
    Good Luck! But do not despair…Teach For America is ready to jump in and fill those slots with 22year olds and 5 weeks of training to replace your 30+ years career and highly qualified fired teachers.
    Great Plan, GA!

  2. dsw2contributor says:

    Stan correctly points out that this SPG data is based on growth from FY12-FY13.

    At the beginning of FY12-13, Cheryl Atkinson and her Deputy Superintendent for School Leadership Kendra D. March changed Principals at FORTY-ONE (41) Dekalb schools. Here’s an August 9, 2012 “Crossroads News” article documenting that shuffle:
    The shuffle was a last-ditch desperation move, an attempt to intimidate Principals who were not willing to go along with Atkinson’s wrongdoings.

    It didn’t work out for Atkinson; she abandoned her job two or three months later, before being paid off to leave in January 2013. Here is an February 7, 2013 AJC article documenting the pay package the school board gave Atkinson:

    Stan concludes his entry by stating “With a few exceptions, the SGP data suggests DeKalb Schools’ students are falling behind faster than the other students across the state.”

    It is more than that, Stan – the SGP data is more evidence that documents just how badly Cheryl Atkinson damaged Dekalb schools during her short stay here.

  3. Very good points dsw2contributor. Cheryl Atkinson ended up being a disaster – as was Dr. Lewis before her. We aren’t impressed with Ramona Tyson either – she and Lewis are responsible for the hideous cuts to teachers and classrooms – while leaving small, specialty boutique schools with full administrations, staffs and low student-teacher ratios in place.

    There is still A LOT to fix here. All Thurmond has really done is get a handle on the budget – sort of. That needed done, but a full forensic salary and operations audit is the only thing that will set the stage for change. Tyson promised one publicly over 2 years ago. She never ordered it and certainly she blames Atkinson for her own lack of guts.

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