DCSS Schools ‘Beating the Odds,’ according to State

The Dougherty County School System on Tuesday had a dozen schools named to the state’s “Beating the Odds” list of schools that educate children facing socio-economic challenges like poverty. (Herald File Photo)

ATLANTA — A dozen Dougherty County public schools are outperforming their peers and overcoming obstacles that statistics suggest should be holding them back, according to a list released by the Georgia Department of Education on Tuesday.

The state released a list of schools that they say are “Beating the Odds” when it comes to educating children facing socio-economic challenges like poverty.

Albany Middle School, Alice Coachman Elementary School, International Studies Elementary Charter School, Lake Park Elementary, Lincoln Elementary Magnet School, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Merry Acres Middle School, Monroe High School, Morningside Elementary School, Radium Springs Elementary School, Radium Springs Middle School and Robert A. Cross Middle Magnet School each outperformed schools with similar student populations and socio-economic hurdles on the state’s College and Career Readiness Performance Index, or CCRPI.

The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance.

The Beating the Odds analysis predicts a range within which a school’s CCRPI score is statistically expected to fall – given the school’s size, grade cluster, student mobility and student demographics (including race/ethnicity, disability, English learners and poverty). If an individual school’s actual CCRPI is above the predicted range, that school has, according to the state, beaten the odds.

“We view these schools as major success stories,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “In fact, it’s difficult to fully express the magnitude of what they’ve achieved. Statistically, a high rate of poverty presents multiple barriers to achievement, but these schools are beating the odds and doing excellent work on behalf of Georgia students.”

In addition, Albany High School has been named to the state’s 2017 AP Challenge list, while Westover Comprehensive High School was named to both the AP STEM and AP STEM Achievement lists.

AP Challenge Schools (59 were named in 2017) are schools with enrollments of 900 or fewer students that have students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science and social studies).

AP STEM Schools (204 named in 2017) are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science A).

AP STEM Achievement Schools (128 named in 2017) are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses that have at least 40 percent of students’ taking AP math and science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

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