Special to SEGAZINE
Nahunta Primary School led the county in results of the 2012 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) tests with a 96.9 overall score, according to results provided by the Georgia Department of Education Tuesday.
Among elementary schools, Hoboken Elementary School was second with a 92.8 score, Nahunta Elementary School was third with 89.4, Atkinson Elementary School was fourth 87.7, and Waynesville Primaru School was fifth with 75.6.
The county system’s overall score among elementary schools came to 88.4, the same as Camden County, one point higher than Pierce County, 14.8 points higher than Charlton, 21.9 points higher than Wayne County, and 8.9 points higher than Glynn.
Brantley County High School scored a 69 and Brantley County Middle School an 88.
Among area high schools, Pierce scored 79.8, Charlton 79.1, Camden 84.2, Glynn 75, Ware 80.7, and Wayne 67.6.
In the middle schools category, Ware scored a 90, Wayne middle schools a combined 76.5, Charlton a 77, and Camden a combined 86.6.
State board of education officials cautioned that the results of the CCRPI are not test scores, although those scores are included in the overall assessment of each school.
The new system is meant to be a more comprehensive measure of a school’s performance than that used under the No Child Left Behind Act. The state Department of Education says the new report card is meant to let the public know how a school is doing with easy-to-understand scores.
Each school gets a score out of 100. The overall score was made up of three areas: achievement counts for 70 percent; progress is 15 percent; and achievement gap accounts for the remaining 15 percent. Each of those areas is broken up into subcategories.
Brantley County schools assistant superintendent for curriculum and testing Greg Jacobs also warned that the index numbers assigned by the CCRPI is not to be likened to scores students receive in school, and while a 80-something may be liked to a good “B,” that’s not how the indexing system works and may be misleading.
The new ranking system is more complicated and includes more factors than the previously used No Child Left Behind and Adequate Yearly Progress system, he said.
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).
State School Superintendent John Barge said the index measures schools and school districts on an easy-to-understand 100 point scale. The state, as well as each district, will receive a score for each grade band (Elementary, Middle and High School). The average score for Georgia’s elementary schools is 83.4, middle schools is 81.4 and high schools is 72.6.
The U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from NCLB on Feb. 9, 2012.
“I am very pleased that we now have a school improvement measure as in-depth as the College and Career Ready Performance Index,” said 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.”
The CCRPI will help parents and the public better understand how schools are performing in a more comprehensive manner than the pass/fail system previously in place under AYP, according to the state superintendent’s office.
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, according to a news release sent out Tuesday.
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.