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Douglas County School System scores below state average on performance index
by Bill Baldowski
April 30, 2014 10:02 AM | 4087 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Douglas County School System’s 2013 overall score on a state performance measurement released last week reflected an increase of 7.4 points over the district’s 2012 score.

The Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index showed the Douglas County system scored 75.2 in 2013, besting its 2012 result of 67.8. It also was six-tenths of a percentage point below the 2013 statewide average of 75.8 percent.

The index is a comprehensive school improvement and accountability report card for all educational stakeholders, according to Douglas County School System spokeswoman Karen Stroud.

It provides a method of measuring college and career readiness at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

In elementary school, the Douglas district’s collective score of 78.1 percent was 12.3 percentage points higher than its 2012 score of 65.8 percent.

In addition, at this level, the county was higher than the statewide 2013 score of 77.8 percent.

In the middle school level, the district’s 2013 score of 73.9 percent was 1.3 percentage points above its 2012 score of 72.6 percent and seven-tenths of a percentage point below the 2013 state score of 74.6 percent.

The county’s 2013 overall high school score of 70.4 percent represented a 3.7 percent increase over Douglas’ 2012 score of 66.7 percent and six-tenths percent below the state’s 2013 score.

Douglas County School Superintendent Gordon Pritz said the demand on teachers and principals, “with all the accountability measures, is greater than ever before.”

“To show this kind of gain with the new accountability instrument is exciting and is a huge tribute to our administrators, teachers, parents and, of course, our students,” he said.

Melissa Joe is principal of Arbor Station Elementary School which scored 91.3 percent on the index to be one of three Douglas elementary schools to eclipse 90 percent. She not only credited the dedication of her teachers, parents and students for the increase but the new education technology available at the school.

“The technology we were lucky enough to receive through the special purpose local option sales tax funding has been a tremendous help,” said Joe, referring to projectors in each classroom as well as state-of-the-art electronic white boards and laptop computers.

Chapel Hill Middle School scored the best in the county at its level on the index with an 89.7 while, at the high school level, Douglas County High had the best score of 76.4.

Douglas County Schools Assistant Superintendent Pam Nail shared Pritz’s enthusiasm about the district’s scores.

“Our schools are not only focused on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test and End of Course tests but on strategies that will put our students in a better position to be successful beyond high school,” she said of scores on which the district’s grade was calculated.

Nail said the school district will continue to focus on improving student achievement and understanding the specific parts of the index.

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