State releases 2013-14 school grades. State averages falter.

The Georgia Department of Education released the 2014 school ratings, based on an intricate system that grades schools on closing the achievement gap, showing student growth as compared to academic peers and absolute achievement.

Credit: Maureen Downey

Credit: Maureen Downey

On average statewide, elementary, middle and high schools saw their overall grades -- plotted on a zero to 100 scale with the possibility of 10 bonus points for some schools -- fall on the College and Career Ready Performance Index.

You can find the scores for your schools here at the state site.

The AJC also has several links worth exploring to go deeper on the index:

Current database of metro schools (to be updated with state data soon)

An explainer on the scores.

A video on the index.

A map of previous scores.

Database of scores from 2012-13.

Because the Georgia CCRPI considers more factors, it's considered an improvement over AYP or Adequate Yearly Progress, which was imposed by No Child Left Behind and relied heavily on student performance on state exams.

Georgia received a waiver from the feds to create and use its CCRPI, although the index remains a bit of a mystery to parents due to its breadth and depth.

“While decreasing CCRPI scores are disappointing, they are not unexpected,” Superintendent Barge said. “This index is still relatively new and demands different areas of focus for our schools. Improvements will not happen overnight, but the CCRPI is giving them a roadmap to tailor an education that is student-centered and one that will ensure they are college and career ready.”

Here is the official statement from DOE.

Georgia’s elementary schools saw a one-year decrease in scores from  77.8 to 72.6 (-5.2), middle schools saw a one-year decrease in scores from 74.6 to 73.2 (-1.4) and high schools saw a one-year decrease in scores from 71.8  to 68.4 (-3.4).

2012 2013 2014
Elementary 74.5 77.8 72.6
Middle 73.8 74.6 73.2
High 72.8 71.8 68.4
Single Score 74.1 75.8 72.0

The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system, implemented in 2012 to replace the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement, after the U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from NCLB on Feb. 9, 2012.

It measures schools and school districts on an easy-to-understand 100-point scale, helping parents and the public better understand how schools are performing in a more comprehensive manner than the pass/fail system previously in place under AYP.

Since the first “study year” of CCRPI implementation in 2012, the state has received valuable feedback from education partners and the public, and has revised and refined the CCRPI to make a more meaningful report. The 2013 data was calculated for the first time reflecting the new calculation, and the 2012 scores were recalculated applying the new calculation methodology. The updated calculations require schools and districts to meet greater  expectations to earn high scores.