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April 29, 2014

Changes to CCRPI indicators affect new scores

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Georgia Department released its second College and Career Ready Performance Index score report last week, with local scores showing mixed results that vary when compared to state scores.

The CCRPI is a statewide accountability system implemented in 2012 to communicate to the public how a school is doing. Each school receives a score on a 100-point scale, just like what students receive in their classes.

The CCRPI report is based on data from the 2012 and 2013 school years.

In February 2012, Georgia was one of 10 states granted a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which since 2001 had guided how schools would be evaluated. The index replaced NCLB and was designed by the state to give parents and the public a more comprehensive system than the pass or fail one in place under No Child's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) plan, according to a press release by the state.

This year Georgia's elementary schools saw a one-year statewide increase in scores from 74.9 to 78.5. Middle schools saw an increase in scores from 73.9 to 75.0 and high schools saw a decrease in scores from 73.0 to 72.0.

Local CCRPI scores showed mixed results that varied compared to state scores. Overall Baldwin County Schools show a 1.4 point increase. All schools saw an increase in their CCRPI score except for two elementary schools — Creekside and Eagle Ridge. Creekside saw a slight decrease of 0.1 points — from a 68.2 to a 68.1 — but Eagle Ridge had the most significant decrease.  It went from a 76.3 to a 66.8, a 9.5 point decrease in its score.

The local public school with the most significant change in scores was Blandy Hills Elementary receiving a CCRPI score of 70 — a 12.2 point increase from its previous score — 57.8. Other schools in the district that saw an increase were Midway Elementary School, Oak Hill Middle School and Baldwin High School. Midway saw an increase in scores from a 56.3 to 62.6; Oak Hill went from a 71.7 to a 77.6; and Baldwin High saw a 2.0 increase going from a 58.2 to a 60.2.

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).

The updated calculations of the CCRPI require schools and districts to meet greater expectations to earn high scores. The new CCRPI scores reflect the changes that have been made to the weights of the revised indicators, particularly in the Achievement and Progress components. New weights for Achievement have been decreased to 60 points whereas they did count for 70. Progress has been increased to 25 points from the 15 points from last school year.  

The new weight of the Achievement indicator may explain the decrease in CCRPI scores for Eagle Ridge and Creekside, according to Baldwin County Superintendent Geneva Braziel.  

Braziel said the change in Achievement indicator weights and Criterion-Reference Competency Test (CRCT) CRCT criteria had a significant impact on the new CCRPI scores for elementary schools, but she does not want the decrease in scores to overshadow the progress Baldwin County students have made in reaching achievement goals.

“Our goal is to continue to increase our CCRPI scores, but we are also happy with the improvements we've seen in our achievements,” said Braziel. "Overall I feel our schools are continuing in the direction of improvement each year."

Last year’s CCRPI required fifth grade students to pass only four core courses and did not require passing CRCT scores for credit. The new indicator for CCRPI has fifth grade students passing five core courses plus they must pass all CRCT portions of the exam.

Overall, however, CRCT results for local third through sixth graders show some progress in CRCT areas. Data provided by Braziel shows that the percentage of fifth graders who met or exceeded the standard increased in social studies, reading, math and science.

Braziel said that the school sistrict will see more improvements in next year's scores due to intervention methods already put into place to help close the gap between achievement and performance.

At the end of the previous school term, data was studied and teachers who had a high percentage of their students exceeding on standardized tests were asked to attend workshops in the fall held by the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI).

“Our goal was to give these teachers leadership training so they could develop units on best practices for other teachers in their respective academic areas to duplicate and implement throughout the school year,” Braziel said.

The selected teachers attended two GLISI sessions-three days in October and another three days in September.

At the end of this school term, teachers will look at the progress that has been made and determine what practices worked best for their students and what units may need further development.

“As we continue to track progress, not just as a whole, but for the students individually, I think we will start seeing more improvement in next year's scores.”

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

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