Cobb, Marietta students surpass state on college readiness scores

Cobb County and Marietta City school system students outperformed their statewide counterparts on the CCRPI. (AJC FILE PHOTO)

Cobb County and Marietta City school system students outperformed their statewide counterparts on the CCRPI. (AJC FILE PHOTO)

Students in the Marietta City and Cobb County school systems outscored their statewide peers on the College and Career Ready Performance Index for the 2018-19 school year.

That's according to results released by the Georgia Department of Education Friday, which show Cobb students scored 86.1 out of a possible 100 points on the CCRPI, which is 10 points higher than the Georgia score of 75.9. Marietta City School students' overall score was also higher than the state average, coming in at 80.4.

The CCRPI measures five components of student success: content mastery, progress, closing gaps, readiness and graduation rate (for high school students only).

Cobb Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said while there is always room to improve the system’s score, the results “show students across the district and across all grade levels are finding success.”

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“Our teachers deserve credit for the growth their students demonstrated because they are using better student data to tailor instruction to meet the needs of each student,” he said.

Marietta City Schools Superintendent Dr. Grant Rivera said teachers, support staff and principals are committed to helping all students reach their full potential, he added.

“I am proud of the work that we do every day to close the achievement gap, provide outstanding educational opportunities, and ensure the brightest future for our students,” Rivera said.

Notable achievements for Marietta City Schools include high scores for closing gaps in academic performance rates between all students and students who fall into designated subgroups. Hickory Hills Elementary School and Marietta Middle School received perfect scores of 100. Three other schools achieve high scores: Sawyer Road Elementary School and Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (96.2, respectively) and Dunleith Elementary School (95.5).

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Cobb students outperformed their Georgia counterparts at the elementary, middle and high school level on all five components. The district said its high school students mastered content at a rate of 17.3 points higher than their state counterparts.

Middle and elementary school students in Cobb were also more proficient than their Georgia peers by 13.9 points and 8.7 points, respectively.

CCRPI individual scores for Cobb and Marietta City schools are available on the Georgia Department of Education website.

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