Thursday, May 16, 2013

Leading the way

Another year, another metric, another great result for the students of Oconee County Schools!  Last week, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released the new College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI).  This index replaces the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) model that has been utilized to measure schools since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  The CCRPI places all schools and school systems on a scale equaling a total of 100 points. The overall score is made up of three major areas: Achievement (70 points), Progress (15 points) and Achievement Gap (15 points). In addition to these three major areas, schools can also receive up to ten “Challenge Points” to add to their score. So, how did our students and schools do? 

Oconee County Schools, once again, proved to be a leader in the development, growth, and achievement of students in the state of Georgia.  Our high schools led the way and helped OCS earn the right to say that we are the number one high school system in Georgia!  Our high school system score was 92 points compared to a state average score of 72.6 points.  Our middle schools performed admirably as well with a middle school system score of 93.2 points compared to a state average score of 81.4 points – ranking our middle schools 11th in the state.   Finally, our elementary schools demonstrated tremendous achievement with an elementary system score of 93.4 points compared to a state average score of 83.4 points.  This score was good enough to rank our elementary schools 14th in the state of Georgia. 

School System Level
CCRPI System Score
CCRPI State Average
Rank in Georgia

Are you still wondering why these scores matter to our students, schools, and stakeholders?  Simply stated, the CCRPI measures whether the students of Oconee County Schools are being prepared at a rigorous level that will enable them to successfully enroll in a college or university without remediation, and complete their chosen degree and career. 

The implementation of this index is a step in the right direction for the state of Georgia, as it continues to focus on preparing students for life through successful educational practices. The CCRPI differs from the AYP measurement method.  AYP focused solely on test results from students on a state assessment one day out of the year.  The CCRPI utilizes test results as a measure, but also applies a much more comprehensive methodology to the evaluation process. 

The bottom line for Oconee County stakeholders is that our students are achieving at a high rate no matter how you measure it.  The CCRPI is providing our schools and system valuable data on this success and insight on how we can work collectively to assist our students with even greater gains.  Please join me in congratulating the students and teachers of Oconee County Schools.  Their hard work is paying off and is being recognized in our state and beyond. 

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