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Newly released state grades for schools show steep decline at elementary level


The Georgia Department of Education today released the College and Career Ready Performance Index, based on data from the 2015-16 school year. These state-generated grades for schools - presented on a 100-point scale -- depend on several factors, but are largely fed by test scores.

The state score for Georgia’s elementary schools was 71.7, with a score of 71.5 for middle schools, 75.7 for high schools, and an overall statewide score of 73.6. Because we still haven't validated our new Georgia Milestones tests -- meaning we have not ascertained just how good a judge of student learning the Milestones are -- I believe these scores ought to be viewed with some reservations.

The average state score for Georgia’s elementary schools was 71.7,  71.5 for middle schools, and 75.7 for high schools, and an overall statewide score of 73.6.

 

 

As the DOE explains it: The CCRPI includes four main components: Achievement, Progress, Achievement Gap, and Challenge Points. These components, encompassing multiple indicators, are combined for a total CCRPI score on a scale of 0 to 100, with a possibility of 10 additional points. The CCRPI also reports other information, such as the performance of student subgroups, school climate, and financial efficiency status.

Here is what DOE says:

The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system, implemented in 2012 to replace No Child Left Behind’s Adequate Yearly Progress measurement, after the U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from NCLB. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance.

 

A significant year-to-year decrease was seen in the elementary school score, mostly due to bonus point opportunities not being met for Economically Disadvantaged students, English Learners, and Students with Disabilities. Each year, schools can earn extra points if those student groups are meeting performance targets. From the 2015 to 2016 school year, annually increasing targets were not met for these elementary student groups, even though subgroup performance increased in math, science, and social studies.

“These results point to the need for continued intensive focus on the foundations in early grades,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “However, I don’t believe the CCRPI captures all the great work happening in our schools. We have seen improvements and, in some cases, record results on the ACT, SAT, and in graduation rates. Through the process of developing Georgia’s state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act, we are evaluating what changes should be made to our accountability system to better measure the overall achievements of our schools.”

The GaDOE also released Student Growth Model data for 2015-16. This is a metric designed to help educators, parents, and other stakeholders better understand and analyze the progress students make year to year. It provides a deeper look at student growth by school and school district, providing answers to questions such as, “Did students in this school grow more or less than academically similar students across the state?” or “Are students growing as much in math as in English Language Arts?” (Here is a link to the DOE tool to examine growth.)

2016 CCRPI Data Files

CCRPI Scoring by Component

CCRPI Achievement Indicators Data

EOG and EOC Data By Subgroup

Cohort Graduation Rate Data by Subgroup

2015 CCRPI data files can be found here.

 

 


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Maureen Downey has written editorials and opinion pieces about local, state and federal education policy since the 1990s.