The Georgia Department of Education has released College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores for schools in the state, and results show that Newton County Schools have made “significant improvement” over the past three academic years, NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews said.
He attributed that improvement to the system’s strategic plan focused on student achievement and more effective teaching.
The CCRPI is the state’s new accountability system, designed to rate school performance in elementary, middle and high schools with an in-depth analysis that determines students’ college and career readiness.
The system replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement in Georgia, after the U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia a waiver from NCLB last year.
The first-ever CCRPI scores released Tuesday by state school Superintendent John Barge measure schools and districts on an easy to understand 100-point scale.
Schools and districts’ overall scores are determined by three major areas — achievement, with 70 points possible; progress, with 15 points possible; and achievement gap, with 15 points possible.
In addition to these three major areas, schools can receive “Challenge Points” to add to their score, up to 10 points.
Newton’s overall CCRPI scores were: for elementary schools, 79; for middle schools, 77; and for high schools, 77.1. Challenge Charter Academy’s overall CCRPI score was 40.5; however, CCA is not governed by the Newton County School System, so its scores are not included with the NCSS’s overall score.
Overall scores for schools statewide were: 83.4 for elementary schools, 81.4 for middle schools; and 72.6 for high schools.
Newton County Theme School at Ficquett had the highest CCRPI score, 95.8, among the district’s elementary schools; for middle schools, Liberty Middle School had the highest score at 81.7; and Eastside High School had the highest score for high schools at 82.9.
When looking at CCRPI scores according to traditional grade measurements, Mathews said that one school had an A (the theme school), seven schools had B’s, 11 schools had C’s and three schools had D’s.
Mathews also stressed that even schools with lower CCRPI scores in the district still showed significant gains in their rates of improvement.
The overall rate of improvement for the NCSS elementary schools was 67 percent; for middle schools the rate of improvement was 82 percent; and high schools improved by 83 percent.
Schools also can 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 and will not factor into the overall CCRPI score.
“I am very pleased that we now have a school improvement measure as in-depth as the College and Career Ready Performance Index,” Barge said. “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.”
Mathews said overall, Newton’s state scores are better than what the school system predicted just three years ago, when, based on the former AYP grading system, it determined that 19 schools in Newton County would fail to meet AYP if scores did not improve.
That prediction, he said, got the district’s attention. It took immediate action, with educators using more research-based strategies in the classrooms and providing more professional learning opportunities, with agendas centered on instruction.
“Our teachers and principals stepped up to the plate and have shown improvement. Everyone has improved,” Mathews said, citing gains on the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs) in the elementary and middle schools 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,” Mathews said. “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 70s and 60s.”
Mathews said the report is “a good starting point for us as a district under Georgia’s new accountability 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 %
NCTS at Ficquett 95.8 10/30 = 33% Rate of Improvement; 31.40%
Only two years of data
Heard-Mixon 89.9 35/45 = 78% Rate of Improvement 70.31%
Mansfield 89.4 26/45 = 58% Rate of Improvement 58.00%
East Newton 86.7 24/45 = 53% Rate of Improvement 52.30%
Live Oak 81.2 22/45 = 49% Rate of Improvement 82.51%
Rocky Plains 80.7 32/45 = 71% Rate of Improvement 67.39%
Oak Hill 78.7 24/45 = 53% Rate of Improvement 61.96%
West Newton 78.6 27/45 = 60% Rate of Improvement 87.57%
Middle Ridge 76.5 29/45 = 64% Rate of Improvement 87.43%
Livingston 73.4 31/45 = 69% Rate of Improvement 76.14%
Flint Hill 73.8 Only one year of data 72.79%
Fairview 69.2 Only one year of data 81.56%
South Salem 66.9 24/45 = 53% Rate of Improvement 77.13%
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 %
NCTS at Ficquett 89.0 Only one year of data 44.70%
Liberty 82.2 22/45 = 49% Rate of Improvement 77.46%
Indian Creek 78.3 27/45 = 60% Rate of Improvement 59.69%
Veterans Memorial 77.7 24/45 = 53% Rate of Improvement 67.65%
Clements 75.4 11/30 = 37% Rate of Improvement 84.04%
Only two years of data
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 %
Eastside 82.9 15/24 = 63% Rate of Improvement 44.08%
Newton 76.0 21/24 = 88% Rate of Improvement 68.82%
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 %
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.