According to Glynn County Schools home page, the Georgia Department of Education has released the results for the 2018 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), and the Glynn County School System has once again demonstrated a significant, positive trajectory toward improvement targets.

In comparison to Georgia’s overall score of 76.6 (up from 75 in 2017), Glynn County’s CCRPI outpaced the state average with a score of 79.3 (up from 77.4 in the previous year). Conversely, Georgia saw improvements in elementary and middle schools, whereas Glynn County Schools made significant gains at the elementary and high school levels, even though scores for the middle school level dropped this year.

The state score for Georgia’s high schools was 75.3, down from 77 in 2017. The middle school score increased to 76.2, up from 73 in 2017, and the elementary school score increased to 77.8 (up from 72.9 in 2017).

For Glynn County, the CCRPI scores for elementary schools rose to 76.6 compared to 73.6 in 2017. Middle schools recorded a CCRPI score of 75.4, down from 75.9 last year, and the scores for high schools increased to 87.2, up from its previous CCRPI score of 80.5.

These results, which are part of the Redesigned CCRPI as approved in Georgia’s state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), highlight incremental improvements in each school’s performance and provide a much more accurate picture of school quality in Georgia.

“We are pleased with the results of the CCRPI and look forward to analyzing the data with our teachers, school leaders, families, and Board of Education,” said Dr. Virgil Cole, Superintendent of Glynn County Schools.  “I applaud the tireless work and commitment by all of our educators to find success for each student.”

Digging deeper into data, St. Simons Elementary School had the highest scoring in the district with a CCRPI of 92.8 (up from 92.1 the previous year), followed by C.B. Greer and Oglethorpe Point elementary schools – 89.6 and 89 respectively. (Last year, Greer recorded an 83 and Oglethorpe Point had a score of 97.5.)

District-wide, Burroughs-Molette Elementary was the most improved school, increasing its CCRPI score from 46.9 in 2017 to 69.6 this year, or a rise in 23.3 points. While scores for Goodyear Elementary rose from 46.9 last year to 51.1 this year, it did not meet the 60-point threshold.

“With the state template focusing on growth and improvement, the commitment of our schools to meet students where they are and move them forward is visible. The return on investment in effort on the part of the school communities is encouraging for the continued work ahead,” said Dr. Valerie Whitehead, executive director of strategy and innovation.

Middle school wise, Glynn Middle had the highest score locally with an 82 (down from 83.8 last year), while Needwood Middle dropped from 74.9 in 2017 to 63.3 this year. Additionally, both high schools saw gains in their scores. Brunswick High rose to 85.9 this year (up from 77.4 in 2017), and Glynn Academy increased its score to 86.7 (up from 86 last year).

“It is important to keep in mind that the results this year are on a new matrix of the Redesigned CCRPI, so these scores do not provide an ‘apples-to-apples’ comparison of our scores from previous years,” Whitehead said. 

“With that said, these scores have helped us pinpoint our shortcomings and redirect our focus on key opportunities for schools to demonstrate their continuous growth and improvement. We will continue to analyze this data and use it to help us fine-tune our school improvement plans and district strategic plan.”

The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system, started in 2012 to replace No Child Left Behind’s Adequate Yearly Progress measurement, after the U.S. Department of Education granted the state’s waiver from NCLB. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance.

Key changes to the Redesigned CCRPI include five components – content mastery, progress, closing gaps, readiness and graduation rate (high schools only) – as well as a reduction in the number of indicators – from 21 to 11 for elementary schools, from 19 to 11 for middle schools, and from 30 to 15 for high schools. 

Additionally, the progress and closing gaps components will account for 50 percent of the elementary and middle school CCRPI scores and 40 percent of the high school CCRPI score.

Beyond the Redesigned CCRPI, the Georgia Department of Education also restructured the CCRPI reporting system to make scores easier for parents and other stakeholders to view and understand.  For more information and resources about the CCRPI, visit http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Accountability/Pages/default.aspx.

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Carrie is the Market Manager for All on Georgia- Glynn County. A speaker and the author of "Heaven's Angels" book, her inspiring articles, writings and radio interviews are featured in various multi-media venues. Her leadership roles encompasses higher education, broadcast communications, business, and corporate trainings. She is a seasoned professional with excellent relationship building skills and creates and enhances strategic growth through partnerships with community, corporate and governmental agencies through various multimedia modalities. She is the owner of Immersion Enterprises, LLC- which provides corporate and leadership trainings, PR and marketing, as well as team building, ecotourism , and experiential education services. Carrie serves on the Boards of Back in His Arms Again, a national organization that helps families suffering from infant loss as well as Saved by Grace, an organization that serves the homeless population of Glynn County, Ga.

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