District narrows gaps with state with its elementary and high school scores and surpasses state in middle school grades.
Through the course of the year, a number of state agencies, testing boards and national assessment programs deliver a wide range of data to school districts around the nation. For Georgia schools, this includes Georgia Milestones, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the SATs and ACTs, among others.
We have made it a steadfast practice to make that information readily available to everyone in the Atlanta Public Schools community through our website, social media, my ATLSuper.com blog and especially through our innovative data portal at www.APSInsights.org.
Today, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released results for the 2019 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). And as always, in the spirit of trust and collaboration, no one rolls out their data like Atlanta Public Schools!
Atlanta Public Schools achieved an overall score of 74.1 on the 2019 CCRPI, an increase of 0.7 from 2018. The overall 2019 CCRPI score for the state is 75.9, down 0.7 from 2018, according to data released today by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). APS’ 2019 overall score narrowed the gap with the state by 1.4 points to 1.8.
At the high school level, both district and state scores increased from last year. APS outpaced the state with a gain of 4.9 to a score of 70.4, narrowing the gap 3.2 points with the state compared to 2018. At the middle school level, while the state declined 4.1 points, APS only declined by 0.6 to a 2019 score of 72.2. As a result, APS surpassed the state score of 72.1. Similarly, despite a slight decrease at the elementary level for APS to a 2019 score of 77.1, the gap between APS and the state decreased to just 0.5 points (compared to 1 point in 2018). See Figure 1.
Figure 1. APS & State CCRPI Scores by Grade Band
Additionally, 19 APS elementary schools beat the state average of 77.1, six more than last year; 13 middle schools beat the state average of 72.1, nine more than last year; and five high schools beat the state average of 77.0, the same as last year. See Tables 1-3.
Table 1. APS Elementary School CCRPI Scores Above the State
Table 2. APS Middle School CCRPI Scores Above the State
Table 3. APS High School CCRPI Scores Above the State
Six APS schools – led by Audrey Sofianos, Terry Harness, Monishae Mosley-O’Neill, Jay Bland, Brent McBride and Emily Boatright – achieved scores above 90. Another 13 scored between 80 and 90! Congratulations to John Waller, Betsy Bockman, Sharyn Briscoe, Kevin Maxwell, Curtis Douglass, Anita Lawrence, Gail Johnson, Lara Zelski, Chris Knowles, Stacey Abbott, Estee Kelly, Gregory Leaphart and Michael Bray as well!
I also want to recognize Deputy Superintendent David Jernigan, the associate superintendents and the Academics team, Chief Accountability and Information Officer Bill Caritj, and Executive Director of our Data Information Group Michael LaMont and his team for providing us with a full analysis of these results and for helping us keep these results in perspective as we look holistically at all the academic experiences of our students. For a complete list of APS CCRPI scores by school, see Tables 4-7 below.
What we’re seeing with the CCRPI scores largely reflects the performance trends we saw in our Georgia Milestones results. We can see the foundational work started in 2014 beginning to take effect across the District as we narrow gaps with the state. But the scores for all schools must increase so we are continuing the hard work to provide our students with a rigorous academic experience.
According to the latest results, 48 of 87 APS schools saw increases in their CCRPI scores compared to 2018. Schools achieving double-digit gains include: KIPP Vision Primary (+24.7), KIPP WAYS Primary (+21.6), M.A. Jones ES (+19.1), Bolton Academy (+17.5), Hutchinson ES (+15.7), KIPP Vision (+15.7), Thomasville Heights ES (+15.5), Forrest Hill (+14.9), Towns ES (+14.1), E. Rivers ES (+13.2), Humphries ES (+12.6), Carver STEAM (+11.4), Jackson HS (+11.3), Garden Hills ES (+10.2) and Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (+10.1).
Due to changes GaDOE made to the CCRPI components and indicators and the weighting of those components, this marks the first year that one-to-one comparisons can be made to the previous year of CCRPI scores.
While the state CCRPI scores decreased overall, we are proud that more than half of our schools achieved increases in 2019. We continue to look at multiple measures, including Georgia Milestones, graduation rates, student growth percentiles, climate star ratings and other indicators in order to get a full picture of our students’ overall academic experience.
Following the reauthorization of the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015, GaDOE redesigned CCRPI for the 2017-2018 school year. Every school and district in Georgia receive a CCRPI score on a scale from 0 to 100. The CCRPI reporting system includes four components for elementary and middle schools and five components for high schools:
- Content Mastery – The achievement of students in English language arts, math, science, and social studies.
- Progress – A measure of growth in English language arts and math students have made relative to academically-similar students across Georgia and a measure of the progress English learners are making towards English-language proficiency.
- Closing Gaps – The extent to which all students and all student subgroups are meeting annual achievement improvement targets.
- Readiness – A measure of literacy, student attendance, and enrichment beyond core academic subjects in middle and elementary schools, while additionally including accelerated enrollment, pathway completion, and a demonstration of college and career readiness for high schools.
- Graduation (high schools only) – Four-year and five-year adjusted cohort graduation rates.
The overall CCRPI score is reported on a 0‐100 scale. Each CCRPI indicator and component is also reported on a 0‐100 scale. Components are weighted and combined according to the weights defined in the table below to determine the overall CCRPI score.
As always, we remain focused on the academic success of every child in APS. The APS Journey has been ongoing, and it’s going to take a steadfast commitment to the course to reach the end where ALL students graduate ready for college and career.
Table 4. APS Elementary School CCRPI Scores (A-H) and Change from 2018
Table 5. APS Elementary School CCRPI Scores (J-Z) and Change from 2018
Table 6. APS Middle School CCRPI Scores and Change from 2018
Table 7. APS High School CCRPI Scores and Change from 2018