From Coweta County Schools Press Release
The Coweta County School System outperformed the state of Georgia on the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) in 2017, and showed significant increases in elementary and middle school scores on the state accountability measure.
The CCRPI system measures student performance data on a scale made up of three major areas, including “Achievement” “Progress” and “Achievement Gap”. The report compiles a single score for schools and districts, based on multiple points of student data and weighting systems.
As a school district, the Coweta County School System scored a 77.8 on the CCRPI, outperforming the state’s overall CCRPI score of 75.0. This reflects an overall 2.6 point increase for Coweta schools over the system’s 2016 performance.
Coweta schools’ 2017 increase of 2.6 points on the CCRPI is higher than the state’s 1.4 point gain from 2016.
CCRPI is the state of Georgia’s educational accountability system for public schools and school systems. The CCRPI uses a broad set of academic criteria to evaluate and score schools and districts on a 100-point scale. This year’s report reflects data from the 2016-17 school year.
“We are pleased to see the positive trend of improvement reflected in these overall results and we will continue to strive to meet the needs of each individual student,” said Superintendent Steve Barker, about this year’s results. “Gains for our students are realized when everyone is focused on student learning. Ruth Hill is one example of many where hard work is paying off for our students, our staff and for our community.”
The Coweta County elementary school score rose significantly with a 4.4 point increase on this year’s accountability report, from a 70.8 to 75.2 in 2017. 15 of Coweta County’s 19 elementary schools saw increases in their CCRPI scores this year, including Ruth Hill Elementary School, whose CCRPI score rose by 29 points in one year (to 81.6). Brooks, Elm Street, Northside and White Oak Elementary Schools also saw score increases of 10 points or more on the 2017 CCRPI, with Brooks’ overall score rising to 96.3.
Dr. Karen Barker, Director of Curriculum said that “growth in elementary schools is reflective of a concentrated focus from administrators, teachers, and students on monitoring the progress of each individual student in regards to growth in reading and literacy skills and setting individual goals.”
“We have had almost a 30-point leap in our score. That’s unheard of,” said Ruth Hill Principal Aaron Corley. “Our teachers are elated. Not because of the number, but because they felt their hard work was validated. Their students’ hard work was validated. We proved we could do it.”
Ruth Hill’s score in 2015-16 put them on the state’s “Focus School” list, labeling them a ‘chronically failing school.’ Corley said that, rather than let that instill a sense of frustration or defeat, teachers, parents, students and the community rallied.
“We worked with the school district with a sense of partnership and received support and resources from our Board, Superintendent and administrators,” he said. That included an additional instructional coach and an additional EIP teacher, for example. The school also modeled new instructional practices from inside and outside the district, brought in curriculum and content specialists, and closely tracked student performance data as new approaches were tried.
“We also experienced an outpouring of support from the community,” said Corley. “We had people come to us and ask ‘What do your kids need? Can we volunteer?’ As a whole, the school raised both its sense of mission and its expectations for students, “and our students rose to those expectations.”
The Coweta County middle school score also rose significantly on this year’s CCRPI report from a 74.6 to 79.7. This growth reflects a 5.1 point increase, which surpasses the state middle school score increase of 1.5 points. “Coweta County middle school CCRPI scores continue to rise due to students making higher levels of progress when compared to like peers across the state of Georgia,” said Dr. Julie Raschen, Director of Assessment and Accountability for the school system.
Most significantly, each individual Coweta County middle school outperformed the state’s middle school score of 73. Several middle schools saw a multiple point increase in CCRPI, including Smokey Road Middle School with an increase of 11.5 points.
“My faculty, students and parents were very happy with those results,” said Smokey Road Principal Keafer Triplett. “There was a lot of hard work… For the past three years we focused on reading comprehension, including targeted reading for 6th graders, and school-wide reading initiative that our whole faculty bought into.”
Triplett said his faculty’s approach extended to before and after school programs, as well, and working with all students to set goals and monitor their progress.
The Coweta high school score saw a slight decrease of 1.9 points in 2017 with a CCRPI of 76.7. Newnan High School’s CCRPI score increased by 1.7 points. While the system’s overall high school CCRPI score decreased in 2017, the district’s graduation rate as well as student performance on national assessments such as the SAT and ACT have continued to increase yearly and outperform national averages.
Newnan High School Principal Chase Puckett said that his school’s increases in academic achievement, 4 and 5 year graduation rates, fine arts and career-technical participation, and in the number of students making typical or high growth “are all the result of a team effort by a hard working staff and community pulling in the same direction. We are committed to providing every opportunity for every student.”
“The increases in this year’s College and Career Readiness Performance Index for NHS come from the common commitment that every student can learn and every student deserves to have a teacher who is passionate about who and what they teach,” said Puckett.
The high school’s leadership team meets weekly to work on ways to support students and teachers, and teacher-led parent workshops are provided throughout the year to give parents an opportunity to partner with NHS and Community In Schools. Students are provided with in-school counseling and advocates, and community mentors.