The index, released by the Georgia Department of Education, is the statewide accountability system, implemented in 2012 to replace the No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress measurement, according to a news release.
The averages for Georgia’s elementary schools for 2013 are 78.5, 75 for middle schools and 72 for high schools. In DeKalb, the 2013 averages are 62.9 for elementary schools, 59.9 for middle schools and 62 for high schools. Decatur city schools for 2013 are 87.2 for elementary, 90.3 for middle and 88.4 for high schools.
According to a news release, the index measures schools and school districts on an easy-to-understand 100-point scale, helping 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.
“Many people have worked hard to make sure the CCRPI provides the most accurate, effective measure possible of the work schools are doing to prepare students for success,” said state school Superintendent John Barge in a statement. “This is an index that is both comprehensive and simple to understand, and it is an important component of our efforts to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for whatever they choose to do, whether that be going to college, joining the military or immediately beginning a career.”
In comparison with 2012, the DeKalb school district scores were lower in all grade levels this year. In 2012 elementary schools were at 64.1, middle schools at 66.2 and high schools at 65.1. For Decatur city schools, the elementary schools were only lower by two-tenths of a point, while the middle and high schools increased their scores. In 2012, Decatur city middle schools had 86.3 and the high schools had 85.2.
“Once again schools in CSD rise to the occasion and outpace the state in performance,” said Decatur schools Superintendent Phyllis Edwards. “We feel that this measure, as opposed to AYP, is a better reflection of the work happening in City Schools of Decatur. I continue to be encouraged that our schools are being recognized for student achievement and progress as well as receiving bonus points for programs like our world language program, which serves nearly 100 percent of our students in grades kindergarten through 10th-grade.”
While the DeKalb school district has had a rough couple of years, Superintendent Michael Thurmond noted the progress made at two of its top performing high schools — the DeKalb Early College Academy and the DeKalb School of the Arts. DECA topped the list of the state’s highest-performing high schools with an index score of 99.3, while the school of the arts’ high school received a 95.
“The DeKalb County School District is placing a greater emphasis on academic growth and achievement — just as the state has recalibrated its performance index to do the same,” said Thurmond. “We are proud of students, parents, teachers and staff — and we’re confident that our progress will continue.”