The state of Georgia has released the newest College and Career Ready Performance Index scores for schools.
The CCRPI is Georgia’s annual statewide accountability system. Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which was enacted in 2015 as a replacement for No Child Left Behind, states are required to have a statewide accountability system.
Coweta County schools outscored the state average by five points, placing Coweta as one of the top-rated school systems in the state, according to Dean Jackson, public information officer for Coweta County Schools.
The Coweta County School System ranked as the 20th highest scoring district in the state, in the top 10 percent of all school districts, Jackson said.
Of the top 20, most are smaller systems or individual schools. Only five large districts, with more than 20,000 students, are in the top 20, Jackson said. In addition to Coweta, they are Forsyth, Fayette, Columbia and Gwinnett.
A single CCRPI score, on a 100-point scale, is based on five major areas: content mastery, progress, closing gaps, readiness and, for high schools, graduation rate. The scores are based on data from the 2017-2018 school year.
The way the CCRPI is calculated has changed this year. According to the Georgia Department of Education, “2018 scores are NOT comparable to any prior year. Any comparison, or statement that a school or district’s scores have ‘risen’ or ‘dropped’ is incorrect.”
According to the Georgia Department of Education, the CCRPI has been streamlined and simplified, with the number of indicators used to calculate the score being cut roughly in half.
There is also a new “closing gaps” component that rewards schools making progress with traditionally underserved subgroups and sets an expectation of improvement or maintenance of high achievement for all subgroups. There is also a new “beyond the core” indicator for elementary and middle schools which incentivizes student participation in courses beyond the traditional academic core.
The system’s overall score is 81.6. The state’s overall score is 76.6.
Coweta’s high schools ranked 16th in the state, out of 207 districts, with an overall score of 81.8, compared to the state average high school score of 75.3. Middle schools ranked 24th out of 192 districts, with an 85, compared to a state average of 76.2. And elementary schools ranked 39th out of 203 districts, with a score of 79.7, compared to a state average of 77.8.
“These results are indicative of hard work on the part of our teachers, staff, students, parents and volunteers across our school system,” said Coweta School Superintendent Steve Barker.
“What we see in the CCRPI is consistent with the recent results of our students’ performance on the ACT and SAT. Our schools are providing students with an academic foundation that is nationally competitive, and that in turn is making our school system one of the most competitive in Georgia,” he said.
“No one indicator can provide a complete picture of our school system,” said Barker, who noted that the school system uses a variety of student and school data to develop school improvement strategies. This year’s CCRPI report also indicates several positive trends in Coweta schools, Barker said.
CCRPI calculations are not meant to be used as a grading system for schools, nor as a pass/fail system for schools or school systems, according to Barker. The broad indicator does help schools monitor individual student performance and helps identify areas where schools need to modify individual student instruction.
System-level curriculum and instruction staff continue to provide strong support for schools to improve student performance where indicated, Barker said.
“Over the past few years, our school system has been very intentional in our efforts to monitor individual student performance and to individualize instruction based on students’ needs,” Barker said. “Our teachers, administrators and school system support staff are doing an outstanding job targeting impact areas and then making adjustments to help students improve.”
For more information on CCRPI, visit ccrpi.gadoe.org .