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May 13, 2013

Baldwin County Schools behind state average in new assessment

MILLEDGEVILLE — Initial results are in for Baldwin County public schools from the new College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) assessment released by the Georgia Department of Education last week.

“There are areas that we will continue to work to strengthen. Although we have improved academically, we will continue to make academic improvement in all content areas with a greater focus on writing, math, science and social studies,” School Superintendent Geneva Braziel said. “We will also continue to work to close the achievement gap ... and work on increasing student lexile (reading) levels.”

Eagle Ridge Elementary School received a score of 80.6, Creekside Elementary a 74.5, Blandy Hills Elementary a 68.2, Midway Elementary a 65.4, Oak Hill Middle a 78.5 and Baldwin High a 62.9. The scores are based on a 100-point assessment.

The average score for Georgia’s elementary schools is 83.4, middle schools is 81.4 and high schools is 72.6.

“Some of our higher performing students are making progress at a faster rate than lower performing students. So therefore, we will continue to work on strategies to accelerate students who are progressing at a slower rate,” Braziel said. “We will continue to work on the amount of growth that students are gaining each year (Student Growth Percentiles). We have approximately 64 percent of our students who are making typical to high growth.”

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 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,” State Superintendent John Barge said. “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.”

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