Education

May 8, 2013

‘A lot of work to do’

School officials react to new accountability system

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Murray superintendent ‘extremely pleased’

The CCRPI scores indicate hard work has paid off for Murray County Schools, said Superintendent Vickie Reed.

Murray schools outperformed other area school systems at the elementary level (85 compared to Dalton’s 80.6 and Whitfield’s 72.3) and the middle school level (81.8 compared to Dalton’s 77.9 and Whitfield’s 75.8). Murray was second for high schools with 70.5 compared to Dalton’s 74.3 and Whitfield’s 67.1.

Those numbers make Reed “very happy and extremely pleased.”

Reed was particularly impressed by Woodlawn Elementary School, one of two schools in the area to achieve a score above 90. Woodlawn received a 93.3, while Brookwood Elementary School in Dalton got a 91.8.

“We still have work to do, of course, but I’m happy with these scores,” Reed said. “I want to improve some schools, especially at Mountain Creek Academy.”

Mountain Creek Academy — an alternative middle and high school — received two scores. The academy’s middle school had a score of 46.4, while its high school received the lowest area score of 18.7.

“That’s a difficult school because it is a revolving door,” Reed said. “Kids don’t always stay. Sometimes they are there for three months, sometimes six months. But it’s an area we will have to address as an alternative school. We can’t accept that number.”

“Right now we’ve got to dig into the details to see where we need to work specifically,” Reed said. “Overall, I’m very proud of our schools. I’m proud of them all. All our staff are working extremely hard.”

What is the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI)?

The CCRPI is the accountability system for Georgia schools that replaced the federal No Child Left Behind standards in 2012. The system gauges a school’s success on a 100-point scale in three categories:

• Achievement: content mastery, how ready students are for the next level of education or the workforce, how many students graduate or will graduate.

• Progress: student growth from year to year.

• Achievement gap: how well schools teach minorities, students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students and/or English-learning students.

Bonus points can be awarded if a student fitting into the achievement gap category meets or exceeds state performance benchmarks.

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