Forsyth Schools again tops statewide accountability system



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County Schools remain at the top when it comes to statewide testing.

For another year, the district has topped the region in the ultimate report card for Georgia schools, the College and Career Ready Performance Index.

The CCRPI is the school systems’ report card from the state that ranks schools and school districts on a 100-point scale. It measures multiple indicators of performance and it uses a variety of data sources, such as student achievement, school climate and financial efficiency.

Overall, Forsyth County Schools scored 92.5. The county’s overall elementary score was 91.2, middle was 91.7, and high school was 91.4. The district kept its same overall score from 2016, an improvement from its 2015 score of 91.8.

The state average score for Georgia’s high schools was 77, up from 75.7 in 2016. The middle school score increased to 73, up from 71.5 in 2016, and the elementary school score increased to 72.9 which is up from 71.7 in 2016. The overall state score for 2017 is 75, an increase from 73.6 in 2016.

Fulton County Schools had an overall score of 78; Hall County Schools had an overall 73.6 score; Dawson County Schools’ score was 76.7; Cherokee County Schools had an overall 81.8 score; Cobb County Schools posted 82.9; Gwinnett County Schools had 82.4; and Gainesville City Schools had a 72.2 overall score.

These results point to the continued improvement taking place within Georgia’s schools, according to State School Superintendent Richard Woods.

“I have seen firsthand the efforts Georgia’s educators have made to increase the opportunities our students receive, and I could not be more pleased to see increases across so many indicators of academic achievement, from CCRPI to the ACT to the Georgia Milestones assessments,” Woods said. Even with that, Woods said he still believes CCRPI does not fully capture what’s happening in schools.

He said he’s confident the proposed refinements to the measurement, as submitted in Georgia’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan, will paint a more accurate picture of overall school quality. As part of Georgia’s plan, which was submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on Sept. 18, Woods has proposed changes to the CCRPI calculation. If approved, the new calculation will apply in 2018.

During the two years spent gathering feedback from the public as they developed the state ESSA plan, Woods said they heard Georgians are setting a higher expectation for their education system.

“They expect an education system that places value on opportunities for students — from fine arts to career education — rather than a narrow focus on test scores alone,” Woods said. “The proposed refinements are a direct response to feedback and 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.

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