APS saw scores increase this year for 15 of the 16 historically lowest-performing schools that it has targeted for deep support and interventions. For some of those sites, the district has reconfigured the schools and named new principals.
Among those schools, Thomasville Heights Elementary School posted the biggest gain, increasing its state score by 19.5 points to 59.8. That school reopened last year under the management of the nonprofit Purpose Built Schools.
Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said the strategies the district has implemented to boost those struggling schools are showing results.
“The scores aren’t perfect..., but we know that we saw the writing on the wall. We started intervening right away and over time we do believe. .. that the improvements will come,” she said. “These scores are indicative of some progress, but we know that we need to still follow the turnaround strategy.”
Roughly a dozen APS schools fell into the bottom 5 percent of all Georgia schools for this year’s results, according to an analysis of just 2017 data by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Among the district’s lowest scores this year are Fain Elementary School with a 48.5 and Harper-Archer Middle School with a 44.4. Both schools posted improvements over last year.
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
Check back for more information on APS scores, comments from district officials, and a school database of scores.
Gwinnett County results can be found here.
Fulton County results can be found here.