CCRPI scores show top rankings for JCSS

Posted below is the full release of information from the Georgia Department of Education, detailing the first scores from the redesigned College & Career Ready Performance Index — the CCRPI — with links to extensive explanatory material for parents and our community.

The scores show the Jackson County School System is ranked No. 18 of the 206 city, county, state, and state-and-commission-charter schools in Georgia. The JCSS elementary schools were ranked No. 10 overall in the state, and high schools were No. 22 overall.

The overall state score on the 2018 CCRPI was 76.6, with scores of 77.8 for elementary schools, 76.2 for middle schools and 75.3 for high schools.  JCSS earned an overall score of 81.7, with 85.2 for elementary school, 73.7 for middle school, and 83.2 for high school. JCSS’s rankings compared to other systems improved significantly from 2017 when the district was ranked 49th overall and the elementary schools were ranked 68th overall.

The Georgia Department of Education notes that the CCRPI uses “an updated calculation” approved as part of the state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the federal No Child Left Behind legislation. It cautions that “2018 scores are NOT comparable to any prior year,” and that “any comparison or statement that a school or district’s scores have ‘risen’ or ‘dropped’ is incorrect.”  Key changes include a streamlined and simplified assessment, the possibility to earn extra points for high levels of growth and closing gaps in the scores for subgroups of students, and a focus on “opportunities and outcomes expected of all students … preserving local flexibility to determine the best way to improve student performance and outcomes.”

The links below include the full CCRPI reports, a video that explains CCRPI, and information on a variety of topics, including a side-by-side comparison of the changes to the assessment. An editorial from Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods, “It’s time to lift up, instead of label, our schools,” also is linked.

School Climate Star Ratings, which are not included in the CCRPI calculations but are presented at the same time, are available online as well. JCSS schools averaged 4.5 on the 5-point scale, with five schools ranked by respondents as 4s and five as 5s.

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Georgia Department of Education releases first scores from redesigned CCRPI

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Click here for the 2018 CCRPI reports. All other information is linked at the bottom of the press release under “Data & Resources”

NOTE: The 2018 CCRPI uses an updated calculation approved as part of Georgia’s state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 2018 scores are NOT comparable to any prior year. Any comparison, or statement that a school or district’s scores have “risen” or “dropped” is incorrect.

October 29, 2018 – The Georgia Department of Education today released the 2018 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores.


As part of Georgia’s state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)– the replacement for No Child Left Behind – the state was able to make improvements to the CCRPI calculation. The 2018 CCRPI is the first to use the new calculation – meaning comparisons between the 2018 CCRPI and any other year are not possible or valid.

The overall state score on the 2018 CCRPI was 76.6, with scores of 77.8 for elementary schools, 76.2 for middle schools, and 75.3 for high schools.

About the Redesigned CCRPI

Working with a committee of educators and other stakeholders during the ESSA state plan development process, GaDOE was able to make significant improvements to the CCRPI. Highlights include:

The CCRPI has been streamlined and simplified. The number of indicators has been cut roughly in half, and the remaining indicators are organized within five overall components: Content Mastery, Progress, Closing Gaps, Readiness, and (for high schools only) Graduation Rate.
A new Closing Gaps component rewards schools making significant progress with traditionally underserved subgroups (English Learners, Economically Disadvantaged, and Students With Disabilities).
A new Beyond the Core indicator at the elementary and middle school levels incentivizes student participation in enrichment courses beyond the traditional academic core (like fine arts, world language, physical education/health, and career education).
fully redesigned website makes it easier for parents and other stakeholders to access their schools’ scores and dig into the underlying data.

Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – the replacement for No Child Left Behind (NCLB) passed in 2015 – states are required to have a “statewide accountability system” that provides information on how well schools are performing. Similar accountability systems were required under the No Child Left Behind waivers many states operated under before ESSA was passed, but ESSA gives states more authority over the process.

After ESSA was signed into law, the Georgia Department of Education spent two years gathering input from the public and working with a committee of educators and other stakeholders to redesign the CCRPI. Parents, educators, members of the business community, and others said they wanted a CCRPI that reflected the opportunities schools offered students – from fine arts to career education – rather than a focus strictly on standardized test scores.

Refinements were made to the CCRPI based on this feedback, resulting in the updated calculation used to produce the 2018 scores.

What will the CCRPI look like moving forward?

While significant improvements were made to the CCRPI under ESSA, state law still requires a 100-point scale. State School Superintendent Richard Woods has expressed his intent to work with the state legislature to remove that requirement, and with other state leaders to reduce the weight of test scores in the CCRPI.

“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.”

Click here to read an op-ed from Superintendent Woods with more information.

School Climate Star Rating

As part of the CCRPI reports, the Georgia Department of Education released the 2018 School Climate Star Ratings for local schools. This rating is provided as an informational tool for schools, parents, and communities. While it is reported alongside the CCRPI, it is not included in the calculation that produces school and district CCRPI scores.

School climate refers to the quality and character of school life – the “culture” of a school. A sustainable, positive school climate fosters youth development and student learning, which are essential elements for academic success, career-skill improvement, and overall quality of life.

The School Climate Star Rating assesses the climate of a school – each school in Georgia receives a one- to five-star rating, with five stars representing an excellent school climate and one star representing a school climate most in need of improvement.

Click here to learn more about the School Climate Star Rating.

The Financial Efficiency Star Rating provides a measure of a district’s per-pupil spending in relation to the academic achievements of its students and, like the School Climate Star Rating, is reported alongside the CCRPI but not included in the calculation that produces the CCRPI score. 2018 Financial Efficiency Star Ratings are not yet available and will be added to the CCRPI reporting tool in early 2019.

Student Growth Model

GaDOE also released Student Growth Model data for 2017-18. This is a metric designed to help educators, parents, and other stakeholders better understand and analyze the progress students make year to year. It provides an in-depth look at student growth by school and school district, providing answers to questions such as, “Did students in this school grow more or less than academically similar students across the state?” or “Are students growing as much in math as in English Language Arts?”

Data & Resources

2018 CCRPI
CCRPI Reports
CCRPI Scoring by Component

2018 School Climate Star Rating
School Climate Star Rating data files

2018 Georgia Student Growth model
GSGM data tool
GSGM data files

Animated video: explaining the CCRPI

Redesigned CCRPI indicators

Key changes to the CCRPI

Side-by-side comparison