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State releases CCRPI & Climate Star scores


District & all high schools increase grad rates & exceed state


Overall elementary & high school scores for district exceed state


10 of 15 schools receive 4-Star School Climate Ratings


ESSA leads to revised CCRPI measurements


EDITOR’S NOTE: According to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), the 2018 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) released on Oct. 29, uses an updated calculation approved as part of Georgia’s state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Therefore, the 2018 CCRPI scores are NOT comparable to any prior year. Any comparison, or statement that a school or district’s scores have risen or dropped is incorrect.


The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released its annual College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores, School Climate Star Ratings and Georgia Student Growth Models on Oct. 29. The CCRPI is Georgia’s comprehensive school accountability measurement tool. In the coming weeks, this data will be used to update the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement’s (GOSA) School Report Cards and determine Bulloch County Schools’ compliance with its five-year Strategic Waivers School System (SWSS) contract with the state.


CCRPI is a tool that measures individual public schools’ and their school systems’ overall performances in four areas: (1) academic content mastery; (2) progress; (3) closing achievement gaps; (4) readiness; and (5) graduation rate for high schools.


Parent resources to comprehend the CCRPI

SWSS Contract

Bulloch County Schools’ 2015-16 (FY ’16) CCRPI scores were the baseline performance data year for its five-year, legally-binding SWSS contract with the state (2016-2021); however, with the updates to the 2018 CCRPI, the state has yet to determine if this timeline will be altered.  Being a SWSS gives the school district flexibility from certain state education laws and regulations in exchange for performance in meeting certain student growth targets.



Revised CCRPI

As part of Georgia’s state plan to comply with the federal government’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the state made improvements to the CCRPI calculation. The Fiscal Year 2018 CCRPI results (2017-2018 school year) are the first to use the new calculation. This means comparisons between the 2018 CCRPI and any prior year’s scores are not possible or valid.

CCRPI was implemented in 2012. Each year since, the calculation methods and benchmark targets have changed. For this reason it has never been possible to directly compare year-to-year CCRPI scores. Also, since CCRPI scores are based on academic standards mastery and performance on statewide assessments, it is important to note that during the past six years, the GaDOE has changed the statewide academic standards from Common Core to the Georgia Standards of Excellence and replaced the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests and End-of-Course Tests for grades 3-12 with the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS). This further complicates any attempt at year-to-year comparisons.

According to information released by GaDOE, these are highlights of recent CCRPI changes:


  • The number of indicators was cut in half, and the remaining indicators are organized within five overall components: Content Mastery, Progress, Closing Gaps, Readiness, and (for high schools only) Graduation Rate.
  • A new Closing Gaps component rewards schools who make significant progress with traditionally underserved subgroups (English Language Learners, Economically Disadvantaged, and Students With Disabilities).
  • A new Beyond the Core indicator at the elementary and middle school levels incentivizes student participation in enrichment courses beyond the traditional academic core (like fine arts, world language, physical education/health, and career education).
  • A fully redesigned state website is also available for parents and other stakeholders to access their schools’ scores and dig into the underlying data.


CCRPI Scores

The overall school district CCRPI score is 74.8, slightly lower (1.8 pts.) than the overall state score of 76.6. Each component area is scored on a scale of 0-100, and each area is weighted a certain percentage.


CCRPI Scores Reporting Chart


Georgia Student Growth Model Data

In addition to CCRPI, the GaDOE released Student Growth Model data. This is a metric designed to help educators, parents, and other stakeholders better understand and analyze the individual progress students make year to year. It provides a deeper look at student growth by school and school district.  Bulloch County Schools will upload each student’s individualized growth model data as a digital file to the district’s online Parent Portal account. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, contact your child’s school for access over any Internet-enabled digital device.


School Climate Star Rating

School Climate Star Ratings are provided by GaDOE as an informational tool for schools, parents, and communities. Ratings are reported with the CCRPI, but the results are not part of the CCRPI score calculations.


School climate refers to the quality and character of school life. School climate sets the tone for all the learning and teaching done in the school environment, and it is predictive of students’ ability to learn and develop in healthy ways.


There are four components used to calculate a school’s School Climate Star Rating.  Each is weighted equally at 25 percent: (1) School Climate, which includes data from the state’s annual parent, student and employee surveys; (2) school-wide attendance for students, teachers, administrators and staff; (3) student discipline; and (4) a safe and substance-free learning environment.


Student attendance continues to affect performance & school climate

Average daily student attendance continues to be a factor that affects school climate and academic performance. The average daily attendance for the district’s elementary schools was 90.5.  It dipped to 87.39 for middle school students, and plummeted to 80.31 for high school students. Nearly 12 percent of the district’s 11,077 students are chronically absent and accumulate more than six unexcused absences. The district stresses to parents the importance of daily attendance and written parent excuses for absences. The Bulloch County Schools Student Handbook details they type of absences (pg. 22) that the state permits may be excused with a written parent/guardian note. Notes must be submitted within five school days after returning to school. Once a student misses more than five days, additional documentation may be required, like a doctor’s note.


Financial efficiency rating for schools & district

The Financial Efficiency Star Rating is a measure of a school’s and district’s per-pupil spending in relation to the academic achievements of its students. Like the School Climate Star Rating, it is reported with the CCRPI but not included in the calculations for CCRPI scores. 2018 Financial Efficiency Star Ratings will be reported by the state in early 2019 and added to the CCRPI website.

Posted by: Hayley Greene, District Admin, Bulloch County Schools Published:10/29/18
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