According to a press release, “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).”
According to the release, all results from 2012 have been recalculated.
Locally, Cartersville saw a CCRPI score on the elementary level of 73.8 compared to a recalculated score of 77.9 in 2012 for a decrease of 4.1 points; a score of 75.7 on the middle school level compared to a score of 78.2 in 2012 for a decrease of 2.5 points; and a score of 80.3 on the high school level compared to a score of 76.5 in 2012 for an increase of 3.8 points.
For Bartow County, the elementary school level saw a CCRPI score of 79.6 compared to a recalculated score of 77.3 in 2012 for an increase of 2.3 points; a score of 74.9 on the middle school level compared to 75.5 in 2012 for a decrease of 0.6 points; and a score of 71.5 on the high school level compared to 65.2 in 2012 for an increase of 6.3 points.
Cartersville City School’s Diane Hart, who serves as director of curriculum and accountability, said the system will analyze the data to determine school and district plans.
“Although we are still analyzing the scores and changes from the previous years’ score, it is important to note that the initial score last year was a baseline number from which to grow and change,” Hart said. “Our students performed well on the [Criterion Referenced Competency Tests] and [End of Course Tests], but we must now pay attention to student score groups, which will obviously have a tremendous impact on our overall CCRPI score. In other words, it’s not about our overall student success that will weigh heavily in the new index, but changes in student gaps between and within high, moderate and low performing student score groups as well.
“Once we have an opportunity to fully compare changes from the baseline data to this year’s data points, we will adjust school and district improvement plans to address the identified needs.”
Bartow County Superintendent John Harper said the system will need more time to analyze the results due to the changes from the first round of the CCRPI.
“What I learned at [the Georgia’s Superintendents Spring Bootstrap Conference] about CCRPI is that they’ve changed it so much from the first time we did CCRPI, that it’s so different than what they did the last time, they’ve changed some of the score information and it’s not really an apples-to-apples comparison,” Harper said, adding he plans to meet with the system’s directors of primary and secondary curriculum to discuss the results. “Any data or information we have on how we can be better is what we will use.”
According to the release, “The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system, implemented in 2012 to replace the No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress measurement, after the U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from NCLB on Feb. 9, 2012. It measures schools and school districts on an easy-to-understand 100-point scale, helping 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.
“In addition to scores based on the 2013 school year, recalculated scores for the 2012 school year were also released today. Since the first ‘study year’ of CCRPI implementation in 2012, the State has received valuable feedback from education partners and the public, and has revised and refined the CCRPI to make a more meaningful report. The 2013 data was calculated reflecting the new calculation, and the 2012 scores were recalculated applying the new calculation methodology to the same 2012 data.”
State Superintendent John Barge said he feels the index is an appropriate measurement tool to represent the work schools are doing in preparing students for a successful future.
“Many people have worked hard to make sure the CCRPI provides the most accurate, effective measure possible of the work schools are doing to prepare students for success,” Barge said in the release. “This is an index that is both comprehensive and simple to understand, and it is an important component of our efforts to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for whatever they choose to do, whether that be going to college, joining the military, or immediately beginning a career.”