The Georgia Department of Education has released its College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores for 2015, showing mostly improvements for schools at risk of a state takeover.
The CCRPI is a form of a school report card that grades schools throughout the state based on a number of factors that include student performance on standardized exams. The report card measures the academic achievement and progress of not only individual schools, but also of school systems and the entire state based on a 100-point scale system, writes Tim Darnell for The Patch.
Those schools considered to be most at risk for state takeover under Gov. Nathan Deal's proposed Opportunity School District (OSD) received a score of 60 out of 100 points for three years in a row.
This year, results show 46 Atlanta Public Schools making gains. In addition, of the 27 schools that had been identified by the state in 2014 as low performing and possibly in need of a state takeover through the proposed OSD, seven were found to have made large enough gains to be taken off that list.
While three schools in DeKalb County are no longer on that list, six more were added to it, writes Marlon A. Walker for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
However, a total of 20 schools on the list are showing improvement, which Deal said could result in the schools becoming exempt from state takeover. Of these schools, six have scored between 55 and 60 on the CCRPI for three years, while 13 schools have scored between 45 and 55 in the same time frame. The district believes it is on track to be completely removed from the takeover list within the next few years.
In all, three elementary schools were found to be in need of intensive, enhanced assistance and services as a result of declining scores. Of the three, Stoneview had a 0.7 point decline from 2014 to 2015, going from 47 to 46.3. Meanwhile, Flat Shoals had a 5.6 point decline, going from 50.8 to 45.2, and Meadowview had an 8.7 point decline from 53.8 to 45.1, in the same time frame.
Under Deal's proposal, the state would take control of these poorly performing schools in the hopes of transforming them. It will be left up to voters at the polls in November to decide whether OSD should be authorized.
"Our students demonstrated significant academic growth, which is a precursor to achievement," DeKalb schools superintendent Stephen Green said.
Green said his plan to turn schools around includes a deeper focus on curriculum, an increase in parental involvement, and millions of dollars being put toward introducing top teachers into struggling schools. In addition, a team of administrators will observe classrooms and make changes to way the students are taught through things such as bringing in tutors and mentors for additional assistance before the Georgia Milestones test, and pushing for additional parental involvement.
However, no hard data is available as of yet to determine the success of the program, as the most recently available data mostly came as a result of testing under former Superintendent Michael Thurmond.