56 APS schools post gains on newest state report card

11:17 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 Atlanta Education News
Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com
Atlanta Public Schools still lags behind statewide averages but 56 of its schools increased state report card scores. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Atlanta Public Schools improved its district-wide state report card scores for elementary, middle, and high schools and reported gains for about two thirds of its schools.

The Georgia Department of Education on Thursday released results of the 2016-17 College and Career Ready Performance Index, a school report card that includes a variety of measures, with test performance the most important. The scores are based on a 100-point scale, with up to 10 possible bonus points. 

APS boosted its high school score by 5.5 points to a 69.4 on the 2017 index. Atlanta elementary schools picked up 2.8 points, bringing their score to a 69.8. Middle schools are up nearly a point to 63.  The district’s overall score is a 68.3, up from 65.2 last year.

The biggest gain was at Crim High School, which lifted its 2016 score by 23.9 points to 55.7. The district school to fall the most is Parkside Elementary School, whose score slipped by 13.9 points to 54.8.

Despite the improvements, APS still falls below the statewide averages. 

Across Georgia, elementary schools received a 73.9, middle schools received a 73.8, and high schools received a 77.6

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