In Bartow County, the county school system average for elementary schools is 84.9, for middle schools is 80.6 and for high schools is 68.4.
The Cartersville City School system average for the elementary school is 86.1, for the middle school is 85.1 and for the high school is 79.4.
The state, as well as each district, receives 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.
The CCRPI is the new accountability system that replaces the No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement in Georgia.
The U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from No Child Left Behind Feb. 9, 2012.
“I am very pleased that we now have a school improvement measure as in-depth as the College and Career Ready Performance Index,” said Barge in a statement. “We are no longer bound by the narrow definitions of success found in the Adequate Yearly Progress measurement. Holding schools accountable and rewarding them for the work they do in all subjects and with all students is critical in preparing our students to be college and career ready. The index effectively measures how schools prepare our students for success.”
The CCRPI will help parents and the public better understand how schools are performing in a more comprehensive manner than the pass/fail system previously in place under AYP.
Interpreting the CCRPI results
The Index includes scores that easily communicate to the public how a school is doing. 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 CCRPI 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.