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GA's College & Career Ready Performance Index

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Woodlawn Elementary is a Title 1 Reward School.

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 Parents all over the state of Georgia, and the nation, want to know that their children are receiving a top-notch education. Ten years ago, the United States Department of Education decided that the best way to ensure success across the board was the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It became famous as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and the goal was to make every school a winner by 2014. Under NCLB, making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) has been the state designated measuring tool for evaluating the quality of a school since 2001. It was a measure of year-to-year student achievement on statewide assessments. Now, Georgia has a new system designated to rate school performance, and it’s called the College and Career Ready Performance Index.

In September 2011, the U.S. Department of Education offered the ESEA Flexibility Waiver that would allow a state exemption from NCLB. Shortly thereafter, the Georgia Department of Education formally submitted an application for the waiver of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which was then approved in February of 2012.

Under the plan, measures would be expanded that would strengthen accountability by replacing current AYP calculations to reflect the designation of Priority, Focus, and Reward Schools. This CCRPI determination will vary based on grade levels. Now, charting the progress of a given school utilizes an accountability focus with additional measurements that are indicative of school improvement and a student’s preparedness for the future. Schools can also earn extra credit for how well students do.

 

The new reporting is calculated with appropriate indicators for elementary, middle, and high schools, and will yield an in-depth analysis of students’ college and career readiness. It will measure the extent to which a school, school district, and the state are successfully making progress in a number of key areas, such as content mastery, student attendance, and the next level of preparation. Reward schools will include Title I schools showing the highest performance or progress. Woodlawn is a Reward School. Priority schools include any school under the School Improvement Grants (SIG) Program, a Title I participating high school with a graduation rate less than 60 percent over two years, or a Title I school with the lowest achievement among the “all students” group (in terms of proficiency on the statewide assessments) and demonstrates a lack of progress on those assessments over three years in the “all students” group. Focus Schools include any Title I participating high school with a graduation rate less than 60 percent over two years or a Title I school that has the largest within-school gaps between the highest-achieving subgroup and the lowest-achieving subgroup or, at the high school level, has the largest within-school gaps in graduation rates. The Alert designation would include any school where achievement in any category that includes Graduation Rate, Subgroup Achievement, or Subject Achievement falls below a set mark when compared to state averages.

 

The Georgia Department of Education has indicated that both Priority and Focus schools will be provided with three years of support and interventions from the state beginning in June of 2012. An option to have the designations removed early is available if schools on the list demonstrate dramatic improvement.

 

For more about the College and Career Ready Performance Index please visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website at www.doe.k12.ga.us.