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Bryan and Effingham Earn Top Scores in Savannah Metro Area's CCRPI School Rankings

May 14, 2013 - The Georgia Department of Education released the first-ever Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) that measures schools and school districts on an easy-to-understand new approach - a 100 point scale.


Points have been released for the state, as well as for each district, for each grade band (elementary, middle and high school) and for each school within the districts.

The average score for Georgia's elementary schools is 83.4; middle schools is 81.4; and high schools is 72.6.

In the Savannah metropolitan area, Effingham County led the way with the highest scores overall in the six-county metro region, though Bryan County bested Effingham at the elementary level. (See SavannahDailyNews.com chart.)

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).

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 who are meeting expectations. In other words, the Georgia system takes into consideration those counties such as Chatham that have more families living in poverty. Despite this, the Chatham scores trail the state of Georgia averages across the board, with particularly low scores at the middle school level.

Bulloch and Long counties also lagged the state averages in several categories.

The CCRPI is the new accountability system that replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement used by the federal government as well as Georgia. The U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia's waiver from NCLB back in February 2012.

"I am very pleased that we now have a school improvement measure as in-depth as the College and Career Ready Performance Index," said Superintendent Barge. "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."

The CCRPI will help parents and the public better understand how schools are performing in a more comprehensive manner than the pass/fail system previously in place under AYP, and is easier for parents and the public to understand. Each school within a district receives a score out of 100 points, just like what students receive in their classes.

Schools 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 2013-2014, 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.

According to Barge, the index supports the state's core educational principles:
• Exemplary student achievement that prepares all for success in college and careers
• Effective teaching and leadership in all schools
• Innovative school improvement, particularly in low performing schools
• Reduction in the duplicative reporting requirements for local school districts

What is college and career readiness?
The Index has been designed around a comprehensive definition of college and career readiness, or the level of achievement required in order for a student to enroll in two- or four-year colleges and universities and technical colleges without remediation, fully prepared for college-level work and careers. This means that all students graduate from high school with both rigorous content knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge.

NCLB Waiver
As part of the waiver, the Georgia Department of Education began identifying Priority Schools, Focus Schools, and Reward Schools. Achievement data from all core content areas and graduation rate data were used to identify these schools. These Priority Schools and Focus Schools replaced Needs Improvement schools. Reward Schools - highest performing and high progress - replaced the Distinguished Schools designation.

Georgia also identified Alert Schools in three categories: Subgroup Alert Schools, Subject Alert Schools, and Graduation Alert Schools. These Alert Schools were identified based on a more detailed evaluation of subgroup performance.

All scores can be seen by going to http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Pages/PressReleaseDetails.aspx?PressView=default&pid=114.

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