APS Leads Metro Atlanta, Exceeds State with ‘Beat the Odds’ Schools

Thirty-six APS schools performed better than expected on College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) when compared with schools with similar characteristics across the state.

Hot off the press! Atlanta Public Schools, based on new analysis released today by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), leads Metro Atlanta districts and exceeds the state in the percentage of “Beat the Odds” schools!

According to GOSA analysis, 36 APS schools, or 41 percent of our schools, “Beat the Odds!” Based on the calculations released by the state, APS has the highest percentage of schools that Beat the Odds when compared to other metro-area districts. In addition — wait for it — APS beat the overall state rate, which came in at 31 percent!

Beat the Odds Percentages for State and Metro-Area School Districts:

Atlanta Public Schools41%
Fulton County Schools36%
Gwinnett County Public Schools34%
DeKalb County Schools31%
State of Georgia31%
Cobb County School District31%
Clayton County Public Schools17%

As the APS community knows, I never hesitate to share our data – the good, the bad, the ugly. But I am ecstatic when I can share data such as this that reflect so positively on the hard work of our students, our teachers, our principals and other school leaders and staff.  Every day, we are striving toward excellence on our Journey of Transformation. Today’s news shows that we continue to make gains!

I want to highlight our 36 schools that Beat the Odds and give a special shout out to each school principal for a job well done!

APS School that Beat the OddsSchool Principal
Bolton AcademyAnita Lawrence
Brown Middle SchoolTiauna Crooms
Bunche Middle SchoolOctavius Harris
Burgess-Peterson Elementary SchoolDavid White
Centennial AcademyTequila Lamar
Charles R. Drew Charter SchoolKendrick Myers / Gregory Leaphart
Charles R. Drew Charter School Elementary AcademyMonishae O’Neill
Continental Colony Elementary SchoolKristen Vaughn
Early College High School at CarverMarcene Thornton
F. L. Stanton Elementary SchoolPhyllis Earls
Fickett Elementary SchoolBenita Grant
Forrest Hills AcademyZawadaski Robinson
Garden Hills Elementary SchoolStacey Abbott
Grady High SchoolBetsy Bockman
Hollis Innovation AcademyDiamond Jack
Humphries Elementary SchoolMelanie Mitchell
Hutchinson Elementary SchoolShuanta Broadway
Inman Middle SchoolKevin Maxwell
King Middle SchoolPaul Brown
KIPP STRIVE AcademyMicheal Bray
KIPP VISIONEstee Kelly
KIPP VISION PrimaryTerra Walker
KIPP WAYS PrimaryAudrianna Archibald
M. Agnes Jones Elementary SchoolMargul Woolfolk
Maynard H. Jackson High SchoolAdam Danser
North Atlanta High SchoolCurtis Douglass
Peyton Forest Elementary SchoolCynthia Gunner
E. Rivers Elementary SchoolJohn Waller
Springdale Park Elementary SchoolTerry Harness
Sutton Middle SchoolGail Johnson
Sylvan Hills Middle SchoolArtesza Portee
Towns Elementary SchoolDione Taylor
Tuskegee Airman Global AcademyYolanda Weems
Usher-Collier Elementary SchoolJerry Parker
West Manor Elementary SchoolReginald Lawrence
Westside Atlanta Charter SchoolDelana Reeves

I also want to recognize Deputy Superintendent David Jernigan and the entire Schools and Academics team, especially our Associate Superintendents Dr. Danielle Battle, Yolonda Brown, Dr. Emily Massey, Dr. Dan Sims, and Tommy Usher; our Chief Accountability and Information Officer Bill Caritj and his team, including Michael LaMont and the Data Information Group for providing us with a full analysis of these results.

As we work toward achieving improved results, it’s important that we look holistically at our schools’ overall academic performance. We can’t and don’t look at just one indicator or another to measure progress. We have to analyze all of it.  Today’s Beat the Odds analysis is one of the pieces of information we use to analyze school performance, and it serves as a complement to CCRPI.

To give you a broader perspective on the Beat the Odds analysis, here’s a little more information:

  • The Beat the Odds calculation represents whether a school’s performance on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) was higher than schools with similar characteristics across the state.
  • The calculation includes variables that are outside of a school’s control, such as school size, percent directly certified, percent English learners, percent of students with disabilities, percent of students in each race (excluding Native American), school churn rate, whether a school is defined as non-traditional and the school type.
Maynard H. Jackson High School

Also, prior to 2018, schools were designated as either “Beat the Odds” or “Did Not Beat the Odds. Beginning last year, “Did Not Beat the Odds” schools were split into “Within the Expected Range” and “Below the Expected Range.”  In addition to the 36 APS schools that Beat the Odds (down from 46 last year), 35 were classified as “Within the Expected Range” (up from 26 last year) and 16 were classified as “Below the Expected Range” (the same as last year). This means a total of 71 APS schools, or more than 80%, either Beat the Odds or performed Within the Expected Range; this is consistent with 2018 performance.

You can learn more about this year’s Beat the Odds analysis on the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement’s website at https://gosa.georgia.gov/beating-odds-analysis.

Tuskegee Global Airmen Academy

Thank you for being engaged in the work of APS and for supporting our efforts to prepare all of our students for the choice-filled lives they deserve!

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