Recently released scores on Troup County schools’ college and career readiness show a mixed bag, with some schools showing gains, others losses in the face of changing state standards, but the school system overall remaining steady.
The Georgia Department of Education recently released the 2013 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores for all public schools. Georgia began developing the new statewide accountability system in February 2012, after the state was granted a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The first release of CCPRI in 2012 was a study year. State officials received feedback from education partners and the public and revised the CCRPI scoring system for 2013.
The new 2013 CCRPI data reflect several changes in the indicators and calculation methods from 2012. In an effort to make accurate comparisons between the 2012 results and the 2013 results, scores for 2012 have been recalculated using the new rules to create an “apples to apples” comparison. The new report displays a single score for the state, local district and individual schools.
The updated calculations require schools and districts to meet greater expectations to earn high scores. The CCRPI is a comprehensive formula with several components: achievement, progress, achievement gap size and achievement gap change. Significant calculation changes for 2013 include:
Credit for achievement category has decreased to 60 points – compared to 70 points last year – and credit for the progress category has increased to 25 points – compared to 15 points last year.
The revised 2012 and new 2013 CCRPI scores for elementary schools are:
• Berta Weathersbee Elementary
• Callaway Elementary
• Ethel Kight Magnet
• Franklin Forest Elementary
• Hillcrest Elementary
• Hollis Hand Elementary
• Hogansville Elementary
• Long Cane Elementary
• Mountville Elementary
• Rosemont Elementary
• West Point Elementary
• Whitesville Road Elementary
Out of 12 elementary schools, all but five – West Point, Long Cane, Hogansville, Hollis hand and Ethel Kight – showed gains.
Whitesville Road saw the biggest gains with 27.8 points overall, followed closely by Berta Weathersbee, gaining 19.4 points; Hillcrest, gaining 12.9 points; and Callaway, gaining 12.8 points. Hillcrest also took the top overall score this year at 92.6.
Hogansville had the biggest drop at 3.5 overall points, and Long Cane the smallest decrease at 0.3 points.
The revised 2012 and new 2013 CCRPI scores for middle schools are:
• Callaway Middle
• Gardner Newman Middle
• Long Cane Middle
Callaway was the only middle school to show an increase, gaining 3.5 points overall. Gardner Newman dropped 9.4 points and Long Cane dipped by 8.5 points. Long Cane still had a lead over the other middle schools in its overall score.
High school grades were one area more affected by changes in the calculation of the CCRPI for 2013.
In the original calculations, the four- and five-year cohort graduation rates were given the same weight. Under the new calculations, the four-year rate is weighted at 2/3 and the five-year rate weighted at 1/3.
• Callaway High
• LaGrange High
• Troup High
Callaway was the only high school to gain, adding 1 point overall, but still was below the overall scores for the other two high schools. LaGrange dropped 7.3 points and Troup dropped 2.7.
Overall the Troup County School System’ CCRPI went from a 75.6 in in the revised 2012 score to a 75.7 for 2013, virtually staying the same. The school system edged out the state average – 74.1 – last year, and was almost on par with this year’s state average of 75.8.
“This is a time of continuing change in Georgia public education. We are implementing new accountability systems, new curriculum, new assessments and new teacher and administrator evaluations systems in spite of continuing budget deficits,” said Superintendent Cole Pugh. “School personnel will study this recently released data to determine what worked and where modifications may be needed. We appreciate the efforts of our students, the dedication of our employees and the support of our community.”
In the coming days, school system leaders plan to exam the data and study the results from comparable systems.