CCRPI Scores Improve District-Wide

CARROLLTON, GA – High schools are considered by many to be the “flagship” institutions in an educational system, and Carrollton High School did not disappoint – once again – by outperforming the state based on the latest CCRPI ratings, released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Education.

CHS posted an overall score of 85.7, well above the state average of 77 for high schools. This is the fourth year since CCRPI’s implementation six years ago that CHS has outperformed the state.

The scores for all Carrollton City schools improved over the past year, too, which also impacted the district score with a positive outcome. The district improved a little more than 3 percent over last year with a score of 74.2,  just slightly below the state average of 75.

The DOE released the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) based on data from the 2016-17 school year.

When reviewing the district's other three school scores, it can be challenging to make a direct comparison to state scores because of how the schools are structured. The state’s grade breakdown classifies elementary schools as K-5, middle schools as 6-8, and high schools as 9-12. Carrollton Elementary is PK-3, Carrollton Middle is 4-6 and Carrollton Junior High is 7-8. For example, Carrollton Middle School gets two rankings – one as an elementary school and one as a middle school.

When studying the school results individually, Carrollton Elementary’s official CCRPI score is listed as “N/A” on the DOE website because the grade configuration doesn’t allow enough data to be collected at the school level for an overall school score.  But CES did improve in the only two categories calculated, Achievement and Challenge points.

Carrollton Middle School improved in both elementary and middle school classifications with elementary at 70.4, and middle school at 76.7, above the state average of 73. Carrollton Junior High earned a score of 65.1 percent, improving by 2.3 points.

While the district as a whole is slightly below the state average, intentional school improvement efforts are yielding student success, both overall and in subgroup performances. Across the district, an increase in math performance was noted as well as gains in science at CJHS and CHS. The high school also posted a 26 percent increase in college readiness based on performance in a variety of measures.

Improvement in subgroups was also noted, with all schools showing improvement in math performance among black and economically disadvantaged students. Three out of four schools saw gains in other subgroups – students with disabilities, English learners, white, and Hispanic.

Anna Clifton, assistant superintendent of Teaching and Learning, said the diverse population of the school district poses a challenge in performance results. The percentage of students who are from low income households, and/or are English learners and/or are students with disabilities is quite significant: 69 percent at CES; 66.4 percent at CMS; 53.4 percent at CJHS and 49.7 percent at CHS.

“It’s important to point out these reports confirm the complexity of our teachers’ jobs in meeting the needs of a diverse population of learners, yet they are committed to the success of every child,” said Clifton.

Clifton noted every school in the district showed growth in the percentage of students who scored in the top two levels of performance (proficient and distinguished) on Georgia Milestones assessments. CES increased more than 16 percent and CHS more than 19 percent.

“While we focus on making sure all students are provided support to succeed in the classroom,  we also  want to ensure the needs of our academically aggressive learners are being met and that they are challenged,” she said. “These top-level performances show that.”

“We are encouraged by the progress made over the past year,” said Dr. Mark Albertus, superintendent. “While we know we still have work to do, the data collected during the CCRPI process provides valuable information that helps us in these efforts. Our overall scores may not adequately reflect the dedication and hard work of our students and staff, but we know real progress is being made in the classroom.”

The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system, implemented in 2012 to replace No Child Left Behind’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement, after the U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from NCLB. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance.

As part of Georgia's state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on Sept. 18, state School Superintendent Richard Woods has proposed changes to the CCRPI calculation. If approved, the new calculation will apply to the 2018 CCRPI.

"During the two years we spent gathering feedback from the public as we developed our state ESSA plan, we heard over and over that Georgians are setting a higher expectation for their education system," Woods said. "They expect an education system that places value on opportunities for students – from fine arts to career education -- rather than a narrow focus on test scores alone. The refinements to the CCRPI proposed in our ESSA plan are a direct response to that feedback from Georgians and will ensure a system of broad opportunities for students – rather than a focus strictly on standardized test scores, which are an important but incomplete measure of student achievement and school quality."
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