Floyd County Schools scored above the 2017 school year state average on the College and Career Ready Performance Index while Rome City Schools did not, according to data released by the Georgia Department of Education this week.
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 DOE.
Individual schools and districts are measured on a 100-point scale. The assessment is aimed at providing a comprehensive review of the performance of schools and being a “comprehensive roadmap” for teachers, administrators, parents and community members to see the readiness of students for college and careers, according to the DOE. Indicators include Milestones Assessment scores, Lexile reading levels, attendance and graduation rates.
As a system, Floyd County Schools scored 77.7, 2.7 points above the state score of 75. This is a 7.7 point improvement for the system from 2016’s score of 70, which was below the state average. The average scores for elementary and high schools both exceeded the state average, but the middle schools score was 0.90 points under the state.
However, the 2017 middle schools average for the system showed a 7.8-point improvement from 2016, going from 64.3 to 72.1. Improvement from 2016 was also seen with the elementary and high schools average scores, which had a 4.9-point increase and an 11.8-point increase respectively.
Five of the seven elementary schools had their scores increase — Garden Lakes, Model, Armuchee, Alto Park and Pepperell. Pepperell, Model and Armuchee middle schools saw point increases from last year by at least 7.6 points — Coosa Middle’s score dropped by 1.1 points.
All four high schools saw increases of at least 7.6 points — Pepperell High saw an increase of 15.7 points, the most out of the four. Armuchee High’s score soared to 96.7 from 86.6 in 2016. This posting of 96.7 points ranks first out of high schools in the Northwest Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency.
John Jackson, the system’s superintendent, said whenever scores are heading in a positive direction, it’s a good thing.
“We had a good feeling that we were going to be better,” he said, adding that system officials had been piecing together the score from various indicators and had cause for optimism.
Rome City Schools scored 71.7, a 0.10 drop from its 2016 score of 71.8. The average score for middle schools jumped 4.1 points from 2016 but was under the 2017 state score by 2.2 points. The average score for elementary schools was 5.1 points below the state score and the high school was 2.6 points under the state.
Six elementary schools saw improvements in their scores — Anna K. Davie, East Central, Main, North Heights, West Central and West End. Elm Street was the only one with a decrease in its score, going from 67.8 points in 2016 to 59.4 points in 2017.
Rome High’s score dropped from 77.8 points to 74.9 points, and Rome Middle’s score also dropped, going from 70 points in 2016 to 68.1 points in 2017.
Superintendent Lou Byars said system officials had a good idea of the 2017 score being close to the 2016 score — based on indicators they had reviewed before scores were released. But before the scores were released Thursday, the system had already gotten to work in areas where improvement was needed.
“We don’t take these lightly and we don't’ make excuses for these scores,” Byars said.
However, they aren’t completely indicative of how schools are doing, Byars added, as it is just one measurement and “we have to look at the entire child.
“This is one component,” he said, adding the system is seeing positive results from STEAM emphasis, enhancing career programs and AP programs.
Improving literacy is a major focus because “it has an impact on everything we do,” Byars said. Additional help to allow for more student interventions also is a way the system is responding. The ASPIRE after-school program and the South Rome Early Learning Center at Anna K. Davie Elementary is leading to promising results, he added.
A follow-up to this report will run in Monday’s Rome News-Tribune and will look at proposed changes to next year’s CCRPI. Also, a report on the school climate star ratings, which are part of CCRPI reports, will run in Tuesday’s Rome-News Tribune.