The Cherokee County School District for the sixth consecutive year has exceeded the State’s average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) accountability system score, which annually calculates student academic achievement and progress.
The School District’s 2017-18 CCRPI average, released today by the Georgia Department of Education, is 79, as compared to the State average of 76.6. Scores at all three levels of CCSD schools surpass State performance: 78.9 elementary (77.8 Georgia); 76.5 middle (76.2); 81.2 high (75.3). Significant formula revisions to this year’s system make it impossible to accurately compare these new averages to past results, according to the GDOE.
The CCRPI averages are calculated using results received by CCSD throughout the year, such as State-mandated Georgia Milestones test scores and graduation rates; these results are reviewed by CCSD and its school leaders and data teams throughout the year upon receipt to allow for immediate adjustment and improvement. Recent State-led modifications to the formula include putting greater emphasis on progress made by English learners, economically disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.
“We’re committed to ensuring each of our graduates is opportunity ready -- not to ‘teaching to a test,’” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We want students to master knowledge they’ll need for life and to make as much progress as possible every day. Our teachers and leaders are committed to this mission, no matter the obstacles – whether it’s the challenge of helping an at-risk child beat the odds or advocating for the funding and sustainability of the public school system in our state and nation.”
The CCRPI accountability system is required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced No Child Left Behind. While the State’s system uses a 100-point scale, efforts to equate it to school letter grades or paint results as reflective of “failing schools” are misinformed and politicized.
State Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods said he’s committed to lobbying State legislators to reduce the weight of test scores in the CCRPI system.
“I believe strongly that the current 100-point scale vastly oversimplifies the complicated factors that influence school quality,” he said. “The public – students, parents, and communities – deserve a wider and deeper measurement of performance that reflects our true mission: preparing students for life, not a test.”