The State of Georgia Releases Public School Scores: Clarke schools slightly improve


The Georgia Department of Education has released the 2019 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores, and its School Climate Ratings.

The CCRPI, re-designed for 2018, uses calculations approved as part of Georgia’s state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). “The changes to the CCRPI in 2018 were significant but mostly welcome changes,” says James Barlament, CCSD Director of Data and Research. “The tool was overhauled to be clearer and simpler to understand. What has not changed is the emphasis on the Georgia Milestones assessments.” Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to have a statewide accountability system that provides information on how well schools are performing. The CCRPI includes five main components: Content Mastery, Progress, Closing Gaps, Readiness, and Graduation Rate (high school only). Within those components are data points like subject area proficiency, reading levels, attendance, and graduation rates, to name a few. CCRPI, as required by state law, is graded on a 100-point scale.

The overall state score on the 2019 CCRPI was 75.9, down from 76.6 in 2018. The overall score for the Clarke County School District was 66, which is a slight increase from last year’s score of 65.5. While CCSD experienced growth in Reading and English Language Arts, subjects like Math and Science were areas of concern. Much of the overall increase came at the high school level. Both Cedar Shoals High School and Clarke Central High School increased 6 and 3 points, respectively. Other highlights include increases at Judia Jackson Harris Elementary School (+16 points); Cleveland Road Elementary School (+13 points); Whit Davis Elementary School (+10 points); Timothy Road Elementary School (+7 points); Coile Middle School (+6.5 points); Howard B. Stroud Elementary School (+5.5 points); and Barnett Shoals Elementary School (+4 points).

"We are very proud of the tremendous growth those schools have made thus far," states Dr. Demond Means, CCSD Superintendent. "Although we are not satisfied with our performance as compared to the state average and neighboring districts, we have a clear plan for school improvement. Our focus this year is on teacher development, executive leadership training of our principals, and a commitment to researched-based instructional resources and strategies in every classroom. We are confident these strategies will garner results.”

The state also released its School Climate Ratings, which awards one to five stars to schools based on data points, such as school safety, parent satisfaction, discipline rates, and attendance. Timothy Road Elementary School was the only CCSD school to achieve a five-star rating. Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School, Judia Jackson Elementary School, Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School, and Whitehead Road Elementary School all received four-star ratings. For additional resources on CCRPI, visit the GA DOE Website – CCRPI Report.

About the Clarke County School District At the Clarke County School District, we believe in tomorrow. We believe that by preparing students for the new and broadening opportunities ahead, we are strengthening our community. Our passionate faculty and staff work tirelessly to help ensure our students grow academically, socially, and emotionally. We are dedicated. We are committed. We work hard to be better every day. The CCSD has 21 schools and more than 13,000 students. We have 2,288 days to make a difference that will last a lifetime. But we do not just count the days—we make the days count.

For more information about the Clarke County School District visit www.clarke.k12.ga.us.

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