The Georgia Department of Education has released the first set of scores for College and Career Readiness Performance Index or CCRPI. This measurement tool is now used in place of No Child Left Behind and is part of Georgia’s state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The Rome City School district scores had significant increases from 71.7 in 2017 to 74.8 in 2018. The overall state score on the 2018 CCRPI was 76.6, with state average scores of 77.8 for elementary schools, 76.2 for middle schools, and 75.3 for high schools. Overall, Rome City Schools averaged 78 for elementary schools, 69 at the middle school level, and 74.2 for Rome High School.

“We continue to work with all of our students which is evident by the fact they are growing and making progress each year,” said Dr. Leslie Dixon, Director of School Improvement for Rome City Schools. “The data also indicates that our English Learners are making significant progress. At the elementary level, 98.69 percent of English learners made progress towards English language proficiency. All elementary subgroups at the system level met their targets in the ‘closing the gaps’ standard in math, and English Learners exceeded the targets in all content areas at the elementary level.”

Louis Byars, Rome City Schools Superintendent, said that overall, he was pleased with the scores. “West Central Elementary increased their CCRPI score by 10 points, and East Central Elementary’s score increased by six points,” Byars said. “School scores help us to identify where we need to focus our improvements. There was also an increase in our elementary and Rome Middle School scores and, when we compare our scores to the state, we are seeing some good progress. High school scores decreased across the state, and Rome High School was no exception. This decrease for RHS is attributed to the change in the new formula used when scoring.”

It is important to note that the CCRPI was calculated using a different formula this year. State School Superintendent, Richard Woods talked about the changes and detailed some of the thought that went into revising the process:

“We came together with Georgians to make improvements to the CCRPI, and I’m proud of that work,” Superintendent Woods said. “We were able to preserve indicators that reflect the opportunities schools offer to their students, from advanced coursework to career education to fine arts and physical education. But we can’t stop there. I believe strongly that the current 100-point scale vastly oversimplifies the complicated factors that influence school quality. The public – students, parents, and communities – deserve a wider and deeper measurement of performance that reflects our true mission: preparing students for life, not a test.”

Dr. Dixon further elaborated, “Programs and initiatives such as vertical planning, quarterly instructional rounds, data teams, and more intentional and personalized professional learning for teachers have been implemented to assist in areas where student achievement needs to be bolstered.