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College and Career Ready Performance Index could see changes under Every Student Succeeds Act state plan

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The College and Career Ready Performance Index could experience a number of changes if the U.S. Department of Education approves the state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act submitted by the Georgia DOE on Sept. 18.

The latest CCRPI was released Thursday, with Floyd County Schools scoring 77.7 points and Rome City Schools scoring 71.7.

CCRPI was put in place in 2012 as a replacement to the Adequate Yearly Progress measurement, which was part of No Child Left Behind, and is the accountability system for the state’s schools, according to the state DOE. Indicators include Milestones Assessment scores, Lexile reading levels, attendance and graduation rates.

In a news release, State School Superintendent Richard Woods indicated changes to the CCRPI in the ESSA plan were a response to feedback received from state education stakeholders. The changes were part of urgings to move away from “a narrow focus on test scores alone,” according to the news release.

“The refinements to the CCRPI…will ensure a system of broad opportunities for students — rather than a focus strictly on standardized test scores, which are an important but incomplete measure of student achievement and school quality,” Woods stated in the news release.

According to fact sheets from the state DOE:

The altered CCRPI will have five components: Content mastery, progress, closing gaps, readiness and graduation rate, which is only for high schools. A heavy focus is on student growth and improvement, with elementary and middle schools having 50 percent of their score connected to progress and closing gaps — for high schools this will account for 40 percent.

Dawn Williams, the chief of school improvement and accountability for Rome City Schools, is working to try and wrap her head around what the changes would mean for the system’s score. However, the picture painted of the system by the CCRPI could be changed as measures outside of test results, like career assessments and innovative practices, are removed. She said if there are less indicator outside of testing than testing with hold more weight in the overall score.

“I think, while it may not be perfect, it certainly is better than the old,” said John Jackson, the superintendent of Floyd County Schools, of the CCRPI that replaced the Adequate Yearly Progress measurement in 2012 that was part of No Child Left Behind.

Jackson said he had to applaud Woods for keeping the CCRPI more broad based, including pushing to keep attendance as an indicator when Gov. Nathan Deal wished to take it out, along with retaining indicators in non-academic areas like music and art.