Forsyth County schools rank high in college, career readiness

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CUMMING, Ga. — Results for the first year of the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index — the state’s new accountability system — were unveiled May 7.

The index replaced the No Child Left Behind adequate yearly progress measurement for all elementary, middle and high schools.

The state was one of 10 granted a waiver from participation in NCLB from the U.S. Department of Education in February 2012.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said the CCRPI system offers a more comprehensive analysis of the state’s education system than NCLB.

“This new accountability system takes into account all of the ways we serve students in our schools,” Barge said. “Instead of one test score, we look at the complete picture of student performance, and include school culture and climate, which are both critical to student success.”

CCRPI was designed around a comprehensive definition of college and career readiness — the level of achievement required for a student to be fully prepared for college-level work or careers.

A maximum score of 100 is attainable by each school and district and is made up of three areas including achievement, progress and achievement gap.

Some schools received additional points if economically disadvantaged students, English learner students and students with disabilities met or exceeded expectations.

Additional points were also added for schools that exceeded CCRPI targets through student participation in college and career ready programs.

Forsyth County elementary schools scored a 95.6 overall with Big Creek on top at 100.8 and Chestatee scoring the lowest at 89.5.

County middle schools received a 95.4 overall score with Lakeside scoring highest at 98 and Otwell lowest at 88.7.

High schools scored 89.9 overall, with Lambert scoring highest at 94.6 and Forsyth Central with the lowest — 84.4.

“For many months, we have been curious as to what the state’s new accountability model, the CCRPI, would look like,” said Forsyth County Schools Superintendent L.C. “Buster” Evans. “While I felt pretty confident that our district and school scores would compare quite well with other districts and schools in the state, I am pleased to see that the actual performance of our district well represents our schools being high-level achievers in the overall score as well as the subcomponents on the index.”