New Georgia School Grades Released

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

By: Joe Hellriegel

"In terms of Lowndes County, we are very pleased on the progress that our teachers and our students made," said Lowndes County Assistant Superintendent Rodney Green.

The State of Georgia released two years of scores of each school district, ranking them out of 100. It's called the College And Career Readiness Performance Index, or CCRPI. Lowndes County received an 82.2 out of 100.

"The neat thing about the CCRPI, unlike it's predecessor, the Adequate Yearly Progress Tool, it takes a look at other indicators beyond English, language arts, reading and math," said Green.

Those include writing achievement and graduation rates. On a state level, the report shows there is an overall improvement in the elementary and middle school levels.

The numbers haven't improved as much from the high school level, but the Lowndes County Board of Education says they are already addressing that.

"In addition to the high schools, we have identified a couple of subject areas that we're going to continue to work hard and improving, math being one of them, so this has not come to us as new data, this just reinforces the data that we already have internally," said Green.

Associated Press News Release

ATLANTA (AP) -- State education officials say Georgia's elementary and middle schools improved overall during the last two years. But high schools on average are struggling to boost their students' performance.

That's according to new data released on Monday. The state is releasing two years of scores for school districts, including an update to previously released 2012 numbers.

The original 2012 numbers were the result of a similar system, rating schools on a scale of 100.

But some educators argued the original 2012 measurements didn't give enough credit for improving student performance.

The updated system changed that.

State officials say the scores are tool for parents and will help school leaders make needed improvements. The results are available on the state Department of Education's website.

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