The Georgia Department of Education released its second College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) Monday and 21 of the Dougherty County School System’s 26 schools graded showed improvement. (File Photo)
ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Education released its second College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) Monday which showed that 21 of the Dougherty County School System’s 26 schools graded showed improvement.
“This is the biggest challenge with the biggest promise for our school system,” said DCSS Superintendent David Mosely about Monday’s release of school performance data. “This is why I wanted to continue to lead this system — why I’ve said we have to have the highest quality and most caring teachers in every classroom in the county. This is why school leadership is so important.
“Along with the challenge to help our students perform on or above grade level, this report has at least one indicator that shows most of our schools are moving in the right direction,” said Mosely. “Of our 26 reported schools, 21 show improvement in scores from the 2012 to 2013 school years. Of the five schools that showed declines, two were closed this year, Dougherty Middle and Magnolia Elementary.”
The top five schools showing improvement in the DCSS in the Georgia Department of Education report are elementary schools West Town, Jackson Heights, Turner, Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Northside. West Town posted a 22.2 point gain. All four high schools showed performance improvement on the report, led by Albany High School with a 10.3 point gain in performance over the two-year period. Robert Cross Middle Magnet School narrowly led the middle schools with improvement points.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the improvement we are seeing in our school,” DCSS Board Chairperson Carol Tharin said. “I think this is just the beginning for the Dougherty County School System.
Board member Darrel Ealum agreed.
"I am excited to see these numbers, it's huge progress for us," Ealum said. "This gives us momentum going forward and also validates the direction Dr. Mosely is taking us.
Overall the District saw a 4.4 point gain from 2012, lifting its score to 64.6. Other scores from the Metro Albany area were Baker County, 61.6; Calhoun County, 54.5; Lee County, 76.6; Mitchell County, 70.5; Pataula Charter, 79.6; Terrell County, 66.4; and Worth County, 71.6.
Statewide, Georgia’s elementary schools saw a one-year increase in scores from 74.9 to 78.5 (+3.6), middle schools saw a one-year increase in scores from 73.9 to 75.0 (+1.1) and high schools saw a one-year decrease in scores from 73.0 to 72.0 (-1.0).
The index was created to provide a broader assessment of student and school performance and in many ways is much more comprehensive and complex than the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) performance indicators that it replaced. It is a 100 point scale that is intended to provide an apples-to-apples comparison measure for schools across the state. The index contains achievement and progress measures for performance that describe the benchmark or current performance level and the success in moving toward improvement.
“We are working hard and seeking new ways to improve student achievement,” said Ufot Inyang, DCSS Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. “Under Dr. Mosely’s leadership we have been able to invest more in our student improvement at every level. And, there is much more improvement expected on the horizon with early intervention for reading performance, early behavior improvement options, dropout reduction collaborations with higher learning institutions and school improvement and parent engagement initiatives.”