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State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge today released the first-ever Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) that measures schools and school districts on an easy-to-understand 100-point scale. The CCRPI is the new accountability system that replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement in Georgia. The U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from NCLB last year.

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 easily communicate to the public how a school is doing. Each school receives a score out of 100 points, just like what student receive in their classes.  

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, 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. 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 as it will not factor into the overall CCRPI score.

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

“Overall our state scores are better than what we predicted just three years ago in terms of the former Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) grading system,” said Dr. Gary Mathews, Superintendent of Newton County Schools. “Just three years ago, as I wrote in my July 2010 End-of-Month Notes, we predicted 19 schools would fail to meet AYP if scores did not improve.  However, that did not happen as each one of our schools has experienced tremendous improvement on Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs) at the elementary and middle school level and End-of-Course Tests at the high school level. The rates of improvement are really quite good, especially when you consider the very high population of academically “at-risk” or free and reduced lunch students we have enrolled.  Had we not experienced these rates of improvement over the last three years, our scores would have been much lower likely dipping into the low seventies and sixties.  With that being said, the scores are still not where we want them to be. But if we continue with our upward trajectory on state results, I believe the school system can show even more progress going forward.  This is a good starting point for us as a district under Georgia’s new accountability system, a starting point much superior to the predictions back in 2010 for our system.”


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

Georgia College & Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) and Related State Testing & Free/Reduced Lunch Data as of May 7, 2013

                                                            *Rate of Improvement         

ELEMENTARY                         CCRPI                      09-10 thru 11-12 (CRCTs)                       Free/Reduced Lunch %

1.         NCTS at Ficquett        95.8                     10/30 = 33% Rate of Improvement;                      33.37%

Only two years of data

2.         Heard-Mixon              89.6                     35/45 = 78% Rate of Improvement                       70.31%

3.         Mansfield                   89.4                     26/45 = 58% Rate of Improvement                       58.00%

4.         East Newton              86.7                     24/45 = 53% Rate of Improvement                       52.30%

5.         Live Oak                     81.2                     22/45 = 49% Rate of Improvement                       82.51%

6.         Rocky Plains               80.7                     32/45 = 71% Rate of Improvement                       67.39%

7.         Oak Hill                      78.7                     24/45 = 53% Rate of Improvement                       61.96%

8.         West Newton             78.6                    27/45 = 60% Rate of Improvement                       87.57%

9.         Middle Ridge             76.5                     29/45 = 64% Rate of Improvement                       87.43%

10.      Livingston                   73.4                     31/45 = 69% Rate of Improvement                       76.14%

11.      Flint Hill                       73.3                   Only one year of data                                             72.79%

12.      Fairview                     69.2                     Only one year of data                                             81.56%

13.      South Salem              66.4                     24/45 = 53% Rate of Improvement                       77.13%

14.      Porterdale                  63.8                     27/45 = 60% Rate of Improvement                       81.90%

NCSS ELEM.                79.0                     30/45 = 67% Rate of Improvement                       69.60%

GEORGIA ELEM.         83.4    

               

                                                                                *Rate of Improvement

MIDDLE SCHOOLS  CCRPI                       09-10 thru 11-12 (CRCTs)                       Free/Reduced Lunch %

1.         Liberty                        81.7                     22/45 = 49% Rate of Improvement                       77.46%

2.         Indian Creek               78.3                     27/45 = 60% Rate of Improvement                       59.69%

3.         Veterans Memorial    77.7                    24/45 = 53% Rate of Improvement                       67.65%

4.         Clements                    75.4                     11/30 = 37% Rate of Improvement;                      84.04%

Only two years of data

5.         Cousins                       73.7                     30/45 = 67% Rate of Improvement                       62.47%

 NCSS MIDDLE            77.0                     37/45 = 82% Rate of Improvement                       70.30%

GEORGIA MIDDLE      81.4    

 

 

                                                                                **Rate of Improvement

HIGH SCHOOLS                      CCRPI                       09-10 thru 11-12 (EOCTs)                       Free/Reduced Lunch %

1.         Eastside                     82.9                     15/24 = 63% Rate of Improvement                       44.08%

2.         Newton                      76.0                     21/24 = 88% Rate of Improvement                       68.82%

3.         Alcovy                         75.1                     19/24 = 79% Rate of Improvement                       59.48%

 NCSS High                  77.1                     20/24 = 83% Rate of Improvement                       57.5%

GEORGIA HIGH            72.6

 

                                                                                *Rate of Improvement

Independent Public School     CCRPI                       09-10 thru 11-12 (CRCTs)                       Free/Reduced Lunch %

1.         Challenge Charter      40.5                     28/45 = 62% Rate of Improvement for                  91.43%

 (School closes at end of 12-13)                               Grades 6, 7, & 8; High School N/A

 

*Rate of Improvement for elementary and middle schools is calculated from state CRCT results across three grade levels (3rd, 4th, 5th   for elementary and 6th, 7th, 8th  for middle schools) against five subject areas (Reading, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies) for three different school years (09-10, 10-11, 11-12).  More specifically, 3 x 5 x 3 = 45 opportunities to improve over the prior year’s results.

**Rate of Improvement for high schools is calculated from state EOCT results across 8 subject areas (9th Literature, American Literature, Biology, Physical Science, U.S. History, Economics, Math I, Math II) for three different schools years (09-10, 10-11, 11-12).  More specifically, 8 x 3 = 24 opportunities to improve over the prior year’s results.

 

“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.”

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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