- Dougherty County School System
Redesigned CCRPI leads to shuffle in school rankings
ALBANY, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) recently released the 2018 College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI), the state’s educational measuring stick. The 2018 CCRPI uses a calculation that is significantly different than past CCRPI calculations, as approved as part of Georgia’s state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
According to the GaDOE, since the 2018 CCRPI is the first to use the new calculation 2018 scores are not comparable to any prior year and comparisons between the 2018 CCRPI with any other year are not possible or valid.
Although a comparison of CCRPI scores from previous years cannot be used to determine progress, schools within the Dougherty County School System showed significant progress in many of the four key competency areas (Content Mastery, Progress, Closing Gaps and Readiness). A fifth metric, Graduation Rates, exists for high schools.
“We’re continuing to pore through the data, and while we can’t compare year-to-year results because of the redesign of the CCRPI, I’m encouraged by the progress that I’m seeing, especially at the elementary level, which speaks to the emphasis we’ve placed on early childhood literacy and instruction,” Superintendent Kenneth Dyer said.
Dyer continued, “While encouraged, we’re not satisfied. We’ll continue to work to ensure that we are providing high-quality instruction in classrooms across the district while empowering our leaders with the resources and support they need to improve the educational outcomes for our students.”
Under the redesign for CCRPI, the state average was 77.8 for elementary schools, 76.2 for middle schools, and 75.3 for high schools. Using the new calculation, schools within the district have shuffled in their standings.
About the Redesigned CCRPI
Working with a committee of educators and other stakeholders during the Every Student Succeeds Act state plan development process, GaDOE was able to make significant improvements to the CCRPI. Highlights 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 (for high schools only) Graduation Rate.
- A new Closing Gaps component rewards schools making significant progress with traditionally underserved subgroups (English Learners, Economically Disadvantaged, and Students with Disabilities).
- 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).
- A fully redesigned website makes it easier for parents and other stakeholders to access their schools’ scores and dig into the underlying data.
Despite the changes, State School Superintendent Richard Woods believes the state should continue to tweak the index to reduce the emphasis on student testing.
“We came together with Georgians to make improvements to the CCRPI, and I’m proud of that work,” Woods said. “We were able to preserve indicators that reflect the opportunities schools offer to their students, from advanced coursework to career education to fine arts and physical education. But we can’t stop there. I believe strongly that the current 100-point scale vastly oversimplifies the complicated factors that influence school quality. 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.”