College, Career Ready standards change for schools
by Celia Shortt
Changes to the College and Career Ready Performance Index being used by schools throughout the state for accountability was addressed by Coweta Schools Superintendent Steve Barker at Tuesday’s regular monthly Coweta County Board of Education meeting.
“We wanted to just remind you a little bit of just what that document (CCRPI) includes, as well as what has been going on in the district in terms of preparation and some next steps we know are out there as well, related to accountability,” he said. “We anticipate the release of this year’s scores for schools and the district to come out before Christmas.”
The CCRPI is the new accountability system in lieu of No Child Left Behind, Dr. Karen Barker, Coweta schools director of Curriculum & Instruction, told the board. Georgia was granted a waiver from No Child Left Behind and was allowed to modify its accountability system for schools and districts.
The CCRPI includes 44 overall indicators to measure performance of the elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the state. Its categories include content mastery, readiness indicators for the next level of school (middle, high, and post high school transitions), and a predictor for high school graduation leading to graduation rate for high schools.
Once calculated, these scores should give an accurate picture of how well students know subjects, how they compare to other students in the state, and how prepared they are for graduation and beyond.
The director of Instructional Services/ESOL & Gifted Education for Coweta County Schools, Dr. Therese Reddekopp, was also present at Tuesday’s meeting and helped explain some changes in the CCRPI that will be reflected once the scores are released.
“The 44 indicators have been slightly modified as the state progressed throughout the pilot year (for CCRPI), 2012-2013,” she said. “Also, the calculations have been recently modified, and those modifications will be reflected in the CCRPI release that will come out any moment now in December.”
With the new CCRPI score calculations, student achievement points will comprise 60 percent of the score. Previously, it was 70 percent. That 10 percent will be relocated to student progress, as 25 percent of the total score will now represent student growth. Last year, it was 15 percent. The gap between the lower and higher scores will still account for 15 percent of the score.
In terms of categories, content mastery makes up 40 percent of the score, readiness indicators 30 percent, and graduation predictors and rate make up the other 30 percent.
A star rating system for future points will also be implemented.
“The state made it clear that the whole purpose of the pilot year was for them to work out some things they felt like might need to be adjusted,” the superintendent said.
According to Barker, the state made changes after conducting extensive research, including focus groups, and looked at what they were trying to achieve through the CCRPI.
“As you can see with what changes that were made as late as last week, and scores coming out in another week, that tells you how fluid this is,” he added. “I want to make it clear to you that this is a work in progress and it is something that the department of education is committed to.”
The superintendent also stressed that Coweta is committed to it and many are constantly working to ensure everything with the CCRPI works out well.
“It’s a busy time,” he said. “Our central office is working very hard to try to provide tools and resources for our schools.”
According to Dean Jackson, public information officer for the Coweta County School System, once the 2013 CCRPI scores are released, it will be better understood how the changes affect Coweta and the state as a whole.