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Douglas schools score slightly lower than state average on new accountability rating
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May 09, 2013 11:12 AM | 1873 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Douglas County Schools scored slightly lower than the statewide average in elementary, middle and high school levels in the new Georgia Department of Education accountability rating released this week.

State School Superintendent John Barge released the first-ever Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index that measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale.

The state, as well as each district, will receive a score for each grade band(elementary, middle and high school). The average score for Georgia’s elementary schools is 83.4, middle schools is 81.4 and high schools is 72.6.

Douglas County's average score was 80.8 for elementary schools; 79.6 for middle schools; and 69.2 for high schools.

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.

The Index is the new accountability system that replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement in Georgia. The U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from NCLB in early 2012.

Each school receives a score out of 100 points, just like what students receive in their classes.

A school and district’s overall score is made up of three major areas: Achievement (70 points possible), Progress (15 points possible) and Achievement Gap (15 points possible).

In addition to the three major areas, some schools receive “Challenge Points” to add to their score (up to 10 points). They receive these points if they have a significant number of economically disadvantaged students, English learner students and students with disabilities meeting expectations. They also receive points for going beyond the targets of the Index by challenging students to exceed expectations and participate in college and career readiness programs.

Beginning in 2013-2014, schools will also receive ratings based on their financial efficiency and school climate, but these ratings will be for the public’s information only and will not factor into the school’s overall CCRPI score.

The Index has been designed around a comprehensive definition of college and career readiness, or the level of achievement required in order for a student to enroll in two- or four-year colleges and universities and technical colleges without remediation, fully prepared for college-level work and careers. This means that all students graduate from high school with both rigorous content knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge.

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