“We structured our requests to ensure that the 2022 CCRPI is realistic and takes into account the extraordinary circumstances of the last two years,” Woods wrote. “Our goal is to establish a new baseline, rather than compare your schools’ performance to pre-pandemic norms.”
The federal government waived testing in the first year of the pandemic but required test administration again starting last year. As many expected, the resulting scores showed performance declines amid the disruptions and stressors of COVID-19. Also, low student participation undermined the reliability of the aggregate scores as a measure of overall learning last year, when Georgia got a pass on publishing the CCRPI. Instead, the state Department of Education released “CCRPI-related” data files.
The CCRPI will be required this year, but not in its complete form, the federal government told Woods in a May 26 letter. Student attendance will be excluded from the report along with data comparing students’ performance to prior years.