The Union Recorder

May 13, 2013

Baldwin County Schools behind state average in new assessment

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

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.”

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.

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) if they have a significant number of economically disadvantaged students, English learner students and students with disabilities who meet or exceed 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. 

“The CCRPI reports data on student performance for fiscal year 2012,” Braziel said “A new report should come out in the fall for this school term.”

Beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year, 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.

“I am proud of the work that our teachers and students are doing,” Braziel said. “Although we have some challenges, we will face them head on and continue to do what’s best for students.”

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

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