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RCPS rises in state CCRPI Score
Georgia Department of Education logoConyers, Ga. –  State School Superintendent Richard Woods today released the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), which measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale. The overall score for Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) increased from last year to 69.5. The RCPS average for elementary is 66.7, middle is 78.0, and high school is 66.7. The state overall score decreased from last year to 75.9 with the elementary average 77.1, middle average 72.1, and high school average 77.0.  CCRPI scores are based on five separate components – Content Mastery, Progress, Closing Gaps, Readiness and, for high schools, Graduation Rate. These scores are based on data from the 2018-19 school year.

“I am happy to see the first upward trend in our district’s CCRPI score in four years,” said Superintendent Dr. Terry Oatts. “While the aggregate CCRPI Scores for our district and schools are important, more significant is the progress we are making within each of the accompanying components and indicators. Some of the most notable findings are the net gains in Content Mastery and Progress, an increase in Readiness at all levels – elementary, middle, and high – and an increase in our Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate. This progress comes from the hard work and dedication of our educators and validates the consistent focus on our Strategic Priorities and commitment to becoming World-Class.”

In the Georgia Department of Education’s release, it was noted that changes to the accountability system are needed. Together, Governor Brian P. Kemp and State School Superintendent Richard Woods acknowledged that work still needs to be done to support students and improve student achievement, while expressing a need to refine the CCRPI measurement to ensure it is a fair and stable measure that accurately captures school performance.
 
“I am a strong supporter of holding schools accountable for increased student achievement, but in a year when we’ve seen nearly across-the-board increases in national test scores and graduation rates as well as Georgia Milestones scores, seeing the CCRPI show a decrease instead raises concerns about the measurement used to determine school and district achievement,” Governor Kemp said. “I believe that we need to engage in a thoughtful process to create an accountability system that paints a true picture of what’s happening in a school. With unprecedented alignment between my office, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, and the Department of Education, I’m confident that we’re finally in the right position to make long-needed refinements to this measurement.”

Superintendent Woods emphasized his commitment to work with state and federal partners to reduce the weight of standardized test scores in the CCRPI and move toward a wider and deeper measurement of performance that reflects the true mission of K-12 public schools: preparing students for life.
 
“As we aim to lessen the number of high-stakes tests our students take, we need the weight of testing in CCRPI to reflect the same priorities,” Superintendent Woods said. “Georgia’s parents, taxpayers, students, and educators deserve a fair measurement of performance that lifts up, rather than labels, our public schools. Working with Governor Kemp and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, the time is right to make that shift.”