Coweta’s test scores beat state average


Scores from the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) for the 2014-2015 school year showed the Coweta County School System ranking above Fayette County in high school scores but behind Fayette in elementary and middle school scores.

Coweta County School System spokesman Dean Jackson said the CCRPI is Georgia’s educational accountability system, which measures Georgia public schools and school systems on a broad set of academic criteria.

Jackson said Coweta continued to outperform the state of Georgia in the fourth year of the CCRPI with an overall system score of 78.1. Coweta’s district score last year was 77.4 The state’s overall CCRPI score this year was 75.5 points.

Based on the CCRPI 100-point scale, Coweta County elementary schools scored 75.6, middle schools scored 75.8 and high schools scored 81.9 on the CCRPI.

By comparison, Fayette’s elementary schools scored 84.1, middle schools scored 81.8 and high schools scored 78.5.

The Forsyth County School System, arguably the states’s top system, had elementary schools scoring 92.3, middle schools scoring 91.1 and high schools scoring 87.6 on the CCRPI.

Jackson said this year’s report covers data from the 2014-15 school year, including the first year of the Georgia Milestone’s, the state’s standardized subject testing for students in grades 3-8. Coweta students completed this year’s Milestone’s testing over the last two weeks of April, and results from that round of student testing will be included in next year’s CCRPI.

The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system, implemented in 2012 to replace No Child Left Behind’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance, helping parents and the public better understand how schools are performing in a more comprehensive manner than the pass/fail system previously in place under AYP, said Jackson.

Jackson said the report measures on a scale made up of three major areas covering a number of different types of student data, including “Achievement,” “Progress” and “Achievement Gap.” The report compiles a single score for schools and districts, based on multiple points of data and weighting systems.

The Georgia Department of Education noted in this year’s release that because of changes to the way CCRPI is calculated – including but not limited to the implementation of the new Milestones assessment system, changes in weights, and recalculated performance targets – a direct comparison between 2014 and 2015 CCRPI scores is not possible.