GA Department of Education Releases 2017 CCRPI Scores
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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

The Douglas County School System (DCSS) ranked above the state average at the high school level on the 2017 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The Georgia Department of Education released scores on November 2, 2017. After exceeding the state average for the past four years, the DCSS average score for the elementary level came in below the state average for 2017. The average middle school CCRPI score for DCSS was also below the state average for 2017. All public schools in Georgia are assessed utilizing the CCRPI, a comprehensive school improvement, accountability, and communication platform that promotes college and career readiness for students. The scores that follow for DCSS and the state for the elementary, middle, and high school averages include the Exceeding the Bar (ETB) points.

Douglas County School Superintendent Trent North agrees that these scores offer invaluable insight into student learning. “These scores have revealed our strengths and weaknesses. We must take immediate action. We have rewritten our strategic plan to address the most pressing needs of our students.” North’s strategic plan for the next three years includes an increased emphasis on strengthening students academically in core subject areas beginning at the elementary grade level.  While much of the priority will be on strengthening elementary students, North says the district will continue to improve the performance of middle and high school students. In doing so, North believes Douglas County Schools will be building a foundation of stronger students.  Superintendent North explains, “We want to not only improve test scores, but we want to improve academic performance overall. “

The DCSS district score for all schools for 2017 is 73.2, a decrease of 4.4 points from 2016 and lower than the state average of 75. (The overall district and state averages do not include ETB points.) The three prior year district scores for DCSS were above the state average: 77.6 for 2016 compared to 73.6 for the state; 78.3 for 2015 compared to 75.5 for the state; and 72.5 for 2014 compared to 72.3 for the state.

The high school average CCRPI score, including ETB points, increased for the third consecutive year with a score of 80.3, an increase of 1.3 points over 2016 and 2.7 points higher than the state average. Scores for three high schools increased. Alexander High School’s score increased from 84.8 in 2016 to 86 for 2017; Douglas County High School’s score increased from 79.6 in 2016 to 82.4 in 2017; and New Manchester High School’s score increased from 76.8 in 2016 to 79.1 in 2017.

The DCSS middle school average CCRPI score, including ETB points, decreased 3.5 points from 72.2 in 2016 to 68.7 for 2017 and is 5.1 points below the state average for middle school. Bright spots in the scores were Chapel Hill Middle School, which increased from 84.7 in 2016 to 84.9 for 2017; and Stewart Middle School, which increased from 66.9 in 2016 to 67.8 in 2017. This year marks the 4th year in a row for an increase in the CCRPI score for Stewart.

The average DCSS elementary CCRPI score, including ETB points, is 70.6, 3.3 points below the state average. Four elementary schools increased their score from the previous year, including Annette Winn with a score of 85.5 and an increase of 9.6 points; Holly Springs with a score of 94.3 and an increase of 2.2; Mason Creek Elementary with a score of 86.8 and an increase of 2.5; and North Douglas with a score of 67.9 and an increase of 4.9.

CCRPI encompasses multiple indicators. Achievement indicators constitute 50 points of the total CCRPI score.

Elementary School CCRPI includes the following achievement indicators:

·         Percent of students scoring at Developing Learner or above on Georgia Milestones in ELA, math, science and social studies,

·         English Language Learners showing positive growth on ACCESS. ACCESS is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency tests for English language learners,

·         Students with disabilities served in the general education environment for more than 80% of the school day,

·         Lexile measures for 3rd grade and 5th grade students. Lexiles match a student’s reading ability with the difficulty of text material,

·         Students in grades 1-5 completing Georgia’s 17 Career Cluster lessons,

·         Student attendance and

·         Percent of students in grades 3– 5 scoring at Proficient or Distinguished Learner on Georgia Milestones.

Middle School CCRPI includes the following achievement indicators:

·         Percent of students scoring at Developing Learner or above on Georgia Milestones in ELA, math, science and social studies,

·         English Language Learners showing positive growth on ACCESS,

·         Students with disabilities served in the general education environment for more than 80% of the school day,

·         Lexile measures for8th grade students at 1050 or higher on Georgia Milestones ELA,

·         Students completing 2 or more state defined career assessments and a state defined individual Graduation Plan by the end of grade 8,

·         Student attendance and

·         Percent of students in grades 6 – 8 scoring at Proficient or Distinguished Leaner on Georgia Milestones.

High School CCRPI includes the following achievement indicators:

·         Percent of students scoring at Developing Learner or above the Georgia Milestones in 9th Grade Literature, American Literature, Algebra I, Coordinate Algebra, Geometry, Analytic Geometry, Physical Science, Biology, U.S. History and Economics,

·         Percent of students completing a CTAE (Career, Technical and Agricultural Education) pathway and earning a national industry recognized credential,

·         College readiness graduates (graduates entering college not requiring remediation) ACT scores of 22 or higher, SAT scores at least 1550 out of 2400, etc.,

·         Percent of graduates earning credits for accelerated enrollment,

·         Lexile measures at 1275 on the Georgia Milestones American Literature,

·         Percent of students scoring at Proficient or Distinguished Learner on Georgia Milestones,

·         Student attendance,

·         Percent of graduates completing a career-related Work-Based Learning Program or career-related Capstone Project,

·         4 Year cohort graduation rate and

·         5 Year cohort graduation rate.

All schools receive additional points based on:

·         Student growth - Progress Points: Up to 40 points,

·         Closing the achievement gap – Achievement Gap: Up to 10 points,

·         Performance of economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities and English/Language Learners – labeled ED/EL/SWD Performance Points: Up to 10 points.

Schools have the opportunity to earn 110 points through the above mentioned indicators as well as bonus points through Exceeding the Bar options.

“While there are some bright spots in the 2017 scores, we have much work to do in all of our schools,” said Pam Nail, Chief Academic Officer for the school system. “Our teachers and administrators are committed to doing the hard work that will improve teaching and learning to better prepare our students for college and the work force. We expect our scores to improve moving forward.”

For additional information, please access the following resources:

A PDF of DCSS District and School CCRPI Scores

Scores for all school districts in Georgia are available at http://ccrpi.gadoe.org.

More information on CCRPI can be found on the Georgia Department of Education website - www.gadoe.org