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Alexander, Chapel Hill Middle, Mirror Lake top new state performance measure
by Tom Spigolon
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Douglas County Schools scored slightly lower than the statewide average in elementary, middle and high school levels in the inaugural Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index released last week.

The new Georgia Department of Education accountability rating measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on a variety of factors, including mastery of the Criterion-Referenced Competency, End of Course and Georgia High School Writing tests; success of English learners and disabled students; graduation rate; and more.

It gave average scores for Georgia’s elementary schools at 83.4, middle schools 81.4 and high schools 72.6. Douglas County’s average score was 80.8 for elementary schools, 79.6 for middle schools and 69.2 for high schools.

Gordon Pritz, superintendent of the Douglas County School System, noted the new measure is based on 2011-2012 school year information “and will serve as baseline information for the school district.”

“We are currently trying to better understand the complex and multiple methods and criteria used to determine the scores and how these now indicate school successes and achievement,” he said in an email.

“Receiving these scores this late in the 2012-2013 school year, makes it very difficult to address outcomes immediately. But we certainly are already in the process of strategically looking at the [Index] results so as to implement practices that will enhance our approach for improvement for next year,” Pritz said.

The index replaces much-criticized Adequate Yearly Progress ratings mandated in federal law. It gives scores statewide and to each school district on each of three levels — elementary, middle and high schools.

It also grades each school within those school districts based on the grade level.

According to the report, elementary school ratings ranged from 98.6 for Mirror Lake Elementary in western Douglas to 60.9 for North Douglas Elementary.

Middle schools ranged from 93.5 for Chapel Hill Middle to 70.9 for Stewart Middle.

High schools ranged from 76.6 for Alexander High to 55.0 for New Manchester High.

Pritz said there “certainly were some very good, even outstanding, scores at many of our schools, but knowing our principals and teachers like I do, I am certain that none of them are completely content with the results and are already looking for ways to improve.”

The Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index replaces the federally-mandated No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress measurement in Georgia, the state education department stated in a release. The U.S. Department of Education gave Georgia a waiver from No Child Left Behind in early 2012.

Pritz said he was pleased the index “focuses attention on a variety of factors instead of just using test scores.”

“The intent of the CCRPI index is to make sure that all students graduate from high school with content knowledge and the ability to pursue their vision of a career or higher learning and become productive citizens. This is part of our Douglas County School System vision and culture, and we will continue to strive to maximize all learning opportunities for our students.”

Douglas County School System

CCRPI scores:

Systemwide:

High schools 69.2

Middle schools 79.6

Elementary schools 80.8

High schools:

Alexander 76.6

Chapel Hill 71.9

Douglas County 73.5

Lithia Springs 57.8

New Manchester 55.0

Middle schools:

Chapel Hill 93.5

Chestnut Log 72.5

Factory Shoals 78.8

Fairplay 92.1

Mason Creek 79.7

Stewart 70.9

Turner 76.3

Yeager 77.4

Elementary schools:

Annette Winn 74.8

Arbor Station 85.0

Bill Arp 73.5

Bright Star 76.7

Brighten Acad. 95.2

Burnett 61.2

Beulah 66.6

Chapel Hill 82.7

Dorsett Shoals 70.2

Eastside 76.2

Factory Shoals 74.0

Holly Springs 94.3

Lithia Springs 77.9

Mason Creek 86.8

Mirror Lake 98.6

Mount Carmel 76.3

New Manchester 67.8

North Douglas 60.9

South Douglas 93.5

Sweetwater 66.0

Winston 93.9

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