The Union Recorder

December 20, 2013

Oak Hill recognized for progress

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Oak Hill Middle School’s focus on improving academic performance for all students has been successful over the last few years as seen from data on the CCRPI (College and Career Ready Performance Index).

Oak Hill is distinguished as a “High Performing School,” which is among the 10 percent of Title I schools in the state making the most progress in improving the performance of the “all students” group over three years on the statewide assessments.

“This is a big honor to be recognized as a Title I distinguished school under CCRPI,” said Dr. Linda Ramsey, principal of Oak Hill. “We focus on all of our children so they can go on to high school and increase the graduation rate.”

Ramsey said teachers continue to make strides within the classroom curriculum while dealing with financial cuts.

“Our three main focus groups are students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students and black students,” Ramsey said. “We look at our data, we do benchmarks, look at areas where students are performing well in, and look at CRCT scores from previous years. Before the CCRPI, math was our main focused content area, but under the CCRPI, we focus on all content areas with a focus on math, science and social studies.”

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released the list of 2013 Reward and Alert Schools last month as part of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The state department identifies Reward Schools instead of Title I Schools of Distinction. Reward Schools fall into two categories — Highest Performing and Highest Progress.

Oak Hill received a score of 78.5 on the 2011-2012 assessment.

“Our focus is to make sure our students are successful,” Ramsey said. “We work with students after school and in our Saturday school. We’re happy and excited to be able to work with children everyday.”

Georgia is using the CCRPI to hold each public school, school district and the state accountable, implementing CCRPI as Georgia’s state accountability system during the 2012-2013 school year. The CCRPI replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement in Georgia. The U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver release from NCLB in February 2012.

Beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year, schools will 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.

The GaDOE will recognize Reward Schools at the annual Title I conference, and Reward Schools may receive financial awards in the future.

“I give kudos to our teachers, who are the world’s greatest teachers. We started with the Common Core curriculum, which is very rigorous in math and writing, where children are required to do more problem-solving skills, so teachers have to engage children in the classroom,” Ramsey said. “It’s going to take all of us working together to make sure all children are successful. We want children to go to high school prepared so they can go on to accomplish great things.”

For more information about the CCRPI, or to view the report in detail, visit www.doe.k12.ga.us/ccrpi.