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State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge today released the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) for the 2013-2014 school year. The CCRPI measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale. The CCRPI is the accountability system that replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement in Georgia.

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.

The Index includes scores that communicate to the public how a school is performing. Each school receives a score based on 100 points.  

A school and district’s overall score is made up of three major areas: Achievement (60 points possible), Progress (25 points possible) and Achievement Gap (15 points possible). In addition to the three major areas, schools can 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 meeting expectations. Schools can also receive points for going beyond the targets of the CCRPI by challenging students to exceed expectations and participate in college and career ready programs.

The Index supports the state’s and Newton County School System’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


Newton County School System’s CCRPI Results are as follows:

Georgia College & Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI)

SCHOOL/GRADE LEVEL

2012-2013
SCORE

2013-2014

SCORE

NCSS OVERALL

75.2

73.8

STATE OVERALL

75.8

71.9

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

East Newton

85.4

88.2

Fairview

74.6

70.5

Flint Hill

69.1

70.7

Heard-Mixon

74.3

73.8

Live Oak

76.9

66.4

Livingston

69.9

61.9

Mansfield

84.8

82.6

Middle Ridge

71.8

71.7

NCTS @ Ficquett

93.8

90.9

Oak Hill

72.7

81.0

Porterdale

71.4

68.9

Rocky Plains

87.8

80.8

South Salem

75.2

76.7

West Newton

73.6

73.4

NCSS ELEMENTARY TOTAL

77.5

72.9

STATE ELEMENTARY TOTAL

78.5

72.6

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Clements

83.8

68.6

Cousins

75.4

70.1

Indian Creek

74.6

72.8

Liberty

77.2

67.9

NCTS @ Ficquett

99.6

98.3

Veterans Memorial

66.6

76.0

NCSS MIDDLE TOTAL

76

72.1

STATE MIDDLE TOTAL

75

73.1

HIGH SCHOOLS

Alcovy

69.1

73.5

Eastside

81.1

83.8

Newton

69.8

72.2

NCSS HIGH TOTALS

69.4

74.6

STATE HIGH TOTALS

72

68.3

*2014 scores in green represent an increase over 2013 scores.

As indicated in the chart, Newton County School System topped the state’s CCRPI total score as well as the state’s scores for both elementary and high schools. The state’s CCRPI scores decreased across the board in 2014. Likewise, Newton County saw a decrease in many elementary and middle schools. However, at the high school level, CCRPI scores increased across the board in Newton County.

“We are pleased that our district CCRPI score outpaced the state,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “Our elementary and high school CCRPI scores exceeded the state’s score as well. We did, however, see decreases in several elementary and middle school CCRPI scores, which mirror the decreases seen across the state. At a time when the state’s overall CCRPI scores decreased, several of our elementary schools and one middle school posted increases, and I applaud them for their hard work. We are also experiencing continuous improvement in our high school program. Our high school students, teachers, and leaders are to be commended for their focused work and commitment to increased rigor and expectations. Additionally, Eastside High School has continued to improve each year the CCRPI has been used as the state’s accountability tool. Their scores remain well above the state’s high school score.

Fuhrey added, “The CCRPI instrument has been a moving target as the state has changed the formulas and indicators each of the past three years; the instrument will be impacted again, this school year, by the new Georgia Milestones Assessment System and potential indicator revisions made this spring. Despite our challenges, we remain committed to increased student achievement and more effective teaching.”

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools at davis-viniard.sherri@newton.k12.ga.us.

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