A graphic of school scores of the CCRPI. Click to enlarge.
ALBANY, Ga. — Just six of Dougherty County's 26 schools performed at or above the state average in the Georgia Department of Education first Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) released on Tuesday.
The new CCRPI measures schools and school districts on an easy-to-understand 100 point scale.
The CCRPI is the new accountability system that replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement in Georgia. The U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia's waiver from NCLB in February.
Dougherty County received a scores of 68.2 for elementary schools, 72 for middle schools, and 57.4 for high schools.
The state average for elementary schools was 83.4; middle school was 81.4 and high schools was 72.6.
The Lee County School System averaged 81.9 for elementary schools, 85 for middle schools and 78.3 for Lee County High.
Among DCSS elementary schools, the scores ranged from 92.3 at Lincoln Magnet to 45.1 at Jackson Heights. Among middle schools the scores ranged from a system high 95 at Robert Cross Middle Magnet to 55.9 at Albany Middle. Among high schools, Westover led the way at 68; Albany scored 55.4; Monroe weighed in with 52.3 and Dougherty scored 50.7.
"The Dougherty County School System will use the data reported today to help students achieve at higher levels," Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely said. "I have said since coming on board that higher student performance comes with having the right teachers in the classrooms and having the right leadership for the schools. We are working hard to ensure that those key people are in place in our system. We are also taking advantage of opportunities to drive school improvement with the support of Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants.
"It will take a little time, but new district leadership and initiatives, already approved by our Board of Education, will help us turn around low achieving schools."
CCRPI SCORES FOR
METRO ALBANY SCHOOLS
District Elem. Middle High
Baker 56.6 66.6 52.1
Calhoun 75.2 88.8 71.9
Dougherty 68.2 72 57.4
Lee 81.9 85 78.3
Mitchell 68.1 82.6 84.8
Terrell 68.1 69 60.6
Worth 69.9 71.8 66.3
The CCRPI includes scores that easily communicate to the public how a school is doing. Each school receives a score out of 100 points, just like what students receive in their classes.
A school and district's overall score, is made up of three major areas: Achievement (70 points possible), Progress (15 points possible) and Achievement Gap (15 points possible). Dougherty County received system scores of 68.2 for elementary grades, 72 for middle, and 57.4 for high schools for this 2012 benchmark year.
In addition to the three major areas, some schools receive "Challenge Points" to add to their score (up to 10 points). They receive these points if they have a significant number of Economically Disadvantaged students, English Learner students and Students with Disabilities meeting expectations.
Systems also receive points for going beyond the targets of the CCRPI by challenging students to exceed expectations and participate in college and career readiness programs. Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, schools will also receive ratings based on their financial efficiency and school climate, but these ratings will be for the public's information only and will not factor into the school's overall CCRPI score.
"Changes in Georgia student testing, new common curriculum, and changes in the accountability measures for schools coming into effect this year are bringing reports that may be very alarming to parents and our community," said Ufot Inyang, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. "Because of these new measures and methods of data collection there may be 20 to 40 point drops in academic performance reports in some areas this year."
DCSS officials pointed out that these drops are not going to be exclusive to the Dougherty County School System but will carry a similar impact across the state.
The data used to compute academic success for schools has undergone significant changes since last reported by the state department of education.
The methodology for the release of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports is no longer used, although the tests used for that measure are still incorporated in the new calculations.
"We recognize that we have a lot of work to do to improve academic performance across the board," Inyang said, "and we are preparing teachers for improved instruction in line with the rigor associated with the Common Core Performance Standards."
State School Superintendent John Barge praised the new standard, saying it is much more effective in measuring student progress than the old AYP measure.
"I am very pleased that we now have a school improvement measure as in-depth as the College and Career Ready Performance Index," Barge said. "We are no longer bound by the narrow definitions of success found in the Adequate Yearly Progress measurement. Holding schools accountable and rewarding them for the work they do in all subjects and with all students is critical in preparing our students to be college and career ready.
"The index effectively measures how schools prepare our students for success."