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October 31, 2018

Coweta County Schools outscore state on Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index

The Coweta County School System has again outscored the state of Georgia on the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

Coweta Schools outscored the state average by 5 points on the newly-calculated CCRPI, placing Coweta as one of the top-ranking school districts in the annual report.

The CCRPI is Georgia’s annual statewide accountability system.  It scores student performance data on a scale made up of five major areas, including Content Mastery, Progress, Closing Gaps, Readiness, and (for high schools) Graduation Rate. The report compiles a single score reported on a 100-point scale for schools and districts, based on multiple points of student data and weighting systems. This year’s report reflects data from the 2017-18 school year.

The 2018 CCRPI uses an updated calculation approved as part of Georgia’s state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Because of this year’s changes, 2018 school and system scores are not comparable to prior year’s CCRPI scores.

As a school district, the Coweta County School System scored an 81.6 on the CCRPI, exceeding the state’s overall CCRPI score of 76.6.

Overall, the Coweta County School System ranked as the 20th highest district in the state of Georgia on the CCRPI, or in the top 10 percent of all school districts listed on this year’s report. Of the top 20 districts appearing on the 2018 report, most are smaller school systems or individual schools.  Coweta County is one of only 5 large school districts (20,000 or more students) in the report’s top 10 percent of high-scoring districts, along with Forsyth, Fayette, Columbia and Gwinnett county school systems.

2018 CCRPI

Just as Coweta ranked well overall among Georgia school systems, Coweta County’s grade-level performance also ranked well.  Coweta County high schools scored an 81.8 on this year’s CCRPI, compared to an average state high school score of 75.3, Coweta middle schools scored 85.0, compared to a state average of 76.2, and Coweta elementary schools scored 79.7 compared to a state average of 77.8.

Relative to other school systems across the state listed on this year’s CCRPI report:

  • Coweta's middle schools ranked 16th in the state out of 207 districts reported.
  • Coweta's high schools ranked 24th in the state out of 192 districts reported. 
  • Coweta's elementary schools ranked 39th in the state out of 203 districts reported.

“These results are indicative of hard work on the part of our teachers, staff, students, parents and volunteers across our school system,” said Superintendent Steve Barker.  “What we see in the CCRPI is consistent with the recent results of our students’ performance on the ACT and SAT. Our schools are providing students with an academic foundation that is nationally competitive, and that in turn is making our school system one of the most competitive in Georgia.”

“No one indicator can provide a complete picture of our school system,” said Barker, who noted that the school system uses a variety of student and school data to develop school improvement strategies.  This year’s CCRPI report also indicates several positive trends in Coweta schools, said Barker.

CCRPI calculations are not meant to be used as a grading system for schools, nor as a pass-fail system for schools or school systems.  The broad indicator does help schools monitor individual student performance and helps identify areas where schools need to modify individual student instruction.

“Over the past few years, our school system has been very intentional in our efforts to monitor individual student performance and to individualize instruction based on students’ needs.” Said Barker.  “Our teachers, administrators and school system support staff are doing an outstanding job targeting impact areas and then making adjustments to help students improve.” Barker said that system-level curriculum and instruction staff continue to provide strong support for schools to improve student performance where indicated.

The CCRPI score for all Coweta Schools are listed in the chart below:

ccrpi

Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – the replacement for No Child Left Behind (NCLB) passed in 2015 – states are required to have a “statewide accountability system” that provides information on how well schools are performing. Similar accountability systems were required under the No Child Left Behind waivers many states operated under before ESSA was passed, but ESSA gives states more authority over the process.

The Georgia Department of Education made significant changes to the state’s CCRPI in 2018. Highlights of the changes include:

  • The CCRPI has been streamlined and simplified. The number of indicators has been cut roughly in half, and the remaining indicators are organized within five overall components: Content Mastery, Progress, Closing Gaps, Readiness, and Graduation Rate.
  • A new Closing Gaps component rewards schools making significant progress with traditionally underserved subgroups (English Learners, Economically Disadvantaged, and Students With Disabilities) and sets an expectation of improvement or maintenance of high achievement for all subgroups.
  • A new Beyond the Core indicator at the elementary and middle school levels incentivizes student participation in enrichment courses beyond the traditional academic core (like fine arts, world language, physical education/health, and career education). 
  • Afully redesigned website makes it easier for parents and other stakeholders to access their schools’ scores and dig into the underlying data.

 More information about the CCRPI can be found at the Georgia Department of Education’s website, at www.gadoe.org.