NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The 105 schools in the Fulton County School System earned a “C+” average on the state’s annual report card in 2017, but progress is being made in the number of schools deemed “chronically failing” and subject to state intervention.
Last week, the Georgia Department of Education released results for the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), the annual evaluation tool for public schools across the state.
First implemented in 2012, the CCRPI is designed to provide a broader view of school achievement and progress than the assessment it replaced — the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement mandated by No Child Left Behind.
Schools are evaluated on a 100 point scale based on a number of factors, and they have the ability to earn additional points for “exceeding the bar” progress.
Overall, Fulton increased its average to 78; more than three points higher than last year, and above the state average of 75.
Fulton Superintendent Jeff Rose noted he was particularly pleased with the achievement of the district’s lowest-performing schools. The number of Fulton schools scoring below the passing score of 60 dropped from 14 schools in 2016, to eight schools this year.
Plans on how to help the 104 schools considered “chronically failing” will be made public in January by the newly-appointed State Turnaround Officer, Eric Thomas.
“We are encouraged by the progress that was made last year,” said Rose, noting Fulton has directed significant efforts to underperforming schools. “[But] there is much more work ahead of us.”
Each level of Fulton schools saw increases on the 2017 CCRPI. Elementary schools’ scores rose 4.3 points to 77.6, middle schools increased 2 points to 72.8, and high schools improved by 2.9 points to 82.4.
Comparatively, the state scores were 72.9 for elementary schools, 73 for middle schools, and 77 for high schools.
Among North Fulton schools, the nine area high schools had the greatest performance averaging nearly 93 points. The region’s 29 elementary school were close behind at just under 90 points, with the 11 middle schools posting a solid “B” rating at 86 points.
Two North Fulton schools – Lake Windward Elementary and Northview High – scored over 100 points for a second consecutive year, with the extra points given for “exceeding the bar.”
Three other areas schools had near perfect scores – Findley Oaks Elementary (99.9), River Trail Middle (99.5), and Cambridge High School (99.0).
Other high achievers in North Fulton included schools with double-digit gains from last year, including Hillside Elementary (+24.7), Mountain Park Elementary (+18.1), Roswell North (+15.2).
Changes will likely be coming to the CCRPI next year under the new education mandates now in effect under the U.S. Department of Education.
A draft of the Georgia plan submitted to the federal government for approval includes revisions to the current calculations.
Those include placing more emphasis on year-to-year progress, student attendance, “closing the gap” between low and high performing students, and customized performance improvement targets.