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KIPP earns high marks on state performance index
by Noreen Cochran
April 29, 2014 02:11 PM | 3003 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On April 21, the Georgia Department of Education released results of the second year of its College and Career Ready Performance Index.

The index is Georgia’s statewide accountability system, implemented last year to replace the No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress measurement, after the U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from the program in 2012.

The index helps to benchmark growth and identify year-to-year improvement.

It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale, helping parents and the public to understand how schools are performing more than the pass/fail system under AYP.

“The College and Career Ready Performance Index uses a variety of metrics that are more meaningful in measuring school performance,” Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said in a statement. “It’s also aligned with our strategic goals of improving graduation rates and preparing students for college or the workforce, showing a statewide commitment toward preparing our students for the future.”

The index measured schools and school districts on a 100-point scale. 

The Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, Elementary School achieved the highest score in south Fulton, weighing in at 89.6. Other south Fulton scores ranged from 41.8 to 87.6.

Avossa said while the county experienced gains at every level in 2013, some schools experienced dips in their scores.

“But it was not unexpected, given that the Georgia Department of Education changed some calculations of its measurement formula,” Avossa said.

Two-thirds of the Fulton schools saw gains in their scores, and of the 15 schools with double-digit increases, 12 are in south Fulton:

A. Philip Randolph Elementary, up by 20.1
Banneker High, 14.7
Brookview Elementary, 11.3
Camp Creek Middle, 14.1
Conley Hills Elementary, 12.9
Hapeville Charter Career Academy, 22.4
KIPP Elementary, 15.4
Langston Hughes High, 12.9
Love T. Nolan Elementary, 12.5
Main Street Academy, 12.5
Paul D. West Middle, 11.2
Renaissance Elementary, 16.6
S.L. Lewis Elementary, 22.7.

 An index score is made up of three major areas:
Achievement: With a 60-point maximum, Stonewall Tell Elementary earned the most in south Fulton with 51.7.
Progress: With a 25-point maximum, KIPP Elementary led south Fulton with 20.
Achievement Gap: With a 15-point maximum, KIPP and S.L. Lewis elementary schools tied for the highest in south Fulton with 15.

Challenge Points and Exceeding the Bar points also can be accrued.  KIPP Middle, which was the highest scoring in south Fulton last year and second-highest this year, accumulated the most challenge points at 6.8.

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