Stephens Co. Schools Do Well On Initial CCRPI

Stephens County schools come in above the state averages as Georgia releases the first edition of its new College and Career Ready Performance Index.

The state’s Department of Education released the initial CCRPI results this week.

According to Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten, the CCRPI replaces Adequate Yearly Progress as the state’s mechanism for measuring achievement in schools and school systems.

“On the CCRPI, the school receives a score out of 100 points and the overall scores are made up from three areas,” said Whiten. “70 percent is achievement, 15 percent is progress, and 15 percent is closing the achievement gap.”

According to the CCRPI, Stephens County’s elementary schools had an overall CCRPI score of 87.9, 4.5 points above the state average of 83.4. In addition, each of the elementary schools individually surpassed the state elementary school average. Big A Elementary had a 94.6 CCRPI score, while Eastanollee Elementary scored a 90.7, Toccoa Elementary scored an 85.6, and Liberty Elementary scored an 84.3.

At the middle school level, Stephens County Middle School scored a 95.6, 14.2 points above the state middle school average of 81.4.

Finally at the high school level, Stephens County High School scored a 79.8, above the state high school average of 72.6.

Whiten said that she is very proud of the schools’ performance.

“Overall, we are just really pleased with this index,” said Whiten. “I feel like the scores really reflect our work and the things that our teachers are doing. They have done an outstanding job. Not only does this reflect the good work we are doing, but it also helps us to identify some of the areas we need to work on and we can build those areas into our school improvement plans.”

In addition, all six schools were named Reward Schools by the Georgia Department of Education for High Performance and or High Progress on the CCRPI.

According to Whiten, the CCRPI looks at more areas than did AYP.

She said that getting used to the new CCRPI has taken some work.

“I do like the idea that it is so much more comprehensive and looks at so many other things,” said Whiten.

State education officials said they feel the CCRPI will help parents and the public better understand how schools are performing in a more comprehensive manner than the pass or fail system previously in place under AYP.