Ready or not? – School scores released

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 21, 2014
Illustration from wikimedia commons.

Illustration from Wikimedia commons.

The Georgia Department of Education has released its 2013 College and Career Ready Performance Index scores.

Decatur continued to make improvements, but did show a slight decline in its elementary CCRPI score from 2012. The biggest gainer was Atlanta Public Schools, which improved at every grade level. DeKalb County fell the furthest behind, losing ground in every grade level.

At the individual school level, Decatur’s Oakhurst and Clairemont Elementary schools both saw their scores drop from 2012 to 2013, while Winnona Park and Glennwood showed slight improvements.

Fulton County also made strides, particularly at the high school grade level.

How to interpret these scores

Here is how the state describes its CCRPI measuring system:

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 students 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, 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 meeting expectations.

They 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.

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

UPDATE to earlier Editor’s note: While I still haven’t gotten an official response back from the state Department of Education about what the “updated score” means, the press release on the scores offers a possible explanation.

From the release:

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 valuablefeedback 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.

I will update this when I receive word back from the state education department. 

CCRPI replaces Adequate Yearly Progress that was a part of the No Child Left Behind Act. City Schools of Decatur says that the system ranks high among its peers in the state under the new scoring system, placing 5th overall in the state.

A press release provided by CCSD included the following table:

CRCT for grades 3-8 and EOCT for grades 9-12 are the most significant data sources used in CCRPI scoring.

2013 Results State Results CSD Results CSD State Ranking
CSD Overall K-12 75.8 89.2 5th
Elementary 78.5 87.2 12th
Middle 75.0 90.3 3rd
High 72.0 88.4 3rd

 

According to Courtney Burnett, spokeswoman for City Schools of the Decatur, the top 10 schools in the state are:

Bremen City
Union County
Jefferson City
Forsyth County
City Schools of Decatur
Trion City
Oconee County
Buford City
Heard County
Lumpkin County
Here are a list of scores for each school district …

CCRPI SCORES BY DISTRICT

Decatur

2013

Elementary – 87.2       Updated score – 88.3

Middle School – 90.3    Updated score – 91.3

High School – 88.4       Updated score – 89.4

2012

Elementary – 87.4         Updated score – 88.3

Middle School – 86.3      Updated score – 87.3

High School  – 85.2         Updated score –  87.2

Individual schools

Clairemont Elementary

2013 – 90.3

2012 – 98.7

Glennwood Elementary

2013 – 90.9

2012 – 90.8

Oakhurst Elementary

2013 – 92.7

2012 – 97

Winnona Park

2013 – 94.1

2012 – 93.4

4/5 Academy

2013 – 86.6

2012 – 88.4

Renfroe Middle

2013 – 91.3

2012 – 87.3

Decatur High

2013 – 89.6

2012 – 87.4

Atlanta

2013

Elementary – 67.1        Updated score – 67.7

Middle School – 65.4     Updated score – 65.8

High School – 59.2         Updated score – 59.4

2012

Elementary –  59.6       Updated score – 60

Middle School – 60.4     Updated score – 60.4

High School – 58.9         Updated score –  59

Individual schools

Toomer Elementary

2013 – 52.3

2012 – 58.1

Coan Middle

2013 – 73.9

2012 – 53.7

King Middle

2013  – 60.8

2012 – 52.8

Jackson High

2013 – 61.4

2012 – 53.8

Drew Charter School

2013

Elementary – 90.1

Middle – 86.3

2012

Elementary – 90.7

Middle – 90.2

DeKalb

2013

Elementary – 62.9          Updated score – 63.6

Middle School – 59.9       Updated score –  60.2

High School – 62              Updated score –  62.1

2012

Elementary – 64.1           Updated score – 64.5

Middle School – 66.2        Updated score – 66.4

High School – 65.1           Updated score –  65.3

Individual schools

Avondale Elementary

2013 – 64

2012 – 52.8

Fernbank Elementary

2013 – 91.1

2012 – 88.9

Museum School

2013 – 89.2

2012 – 93.9

DeKalb School of the Arts

2013

Middle  –  90.6

High School – 95

2012

Middle -90.6

High School – 89.4

Druid Hills High School

2013 – 68.3

2012 – 69.1

Druid Hills Middle School

2013 – (Not available.)

2012 – 61.7

Fulton County

2013

Elementary – 77.8          Updated score –  78.4

Middle School – 74.6       Updated score – 75.2

High School – 77.6           Updated score – 77.8

2012

Elementary – 76.6          Updated score  – 77

Middle School – 73.5       Updated score – 73.6

High School – 69              Updated score –  69.3

About Dan Whisenhunt

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  • Hannah

    It is interesting to note that Bremen City and Jefferson City, both top performing districts, have upper elementary academies like Decatur’s 4/5.

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