May 8, 2013

Area schools receive mixed results from state test

May 8, 2013 Kay Harris The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Area schools reported mixed results Tuesday as the state released the results of the new comprehensive test for students.

The 2012-13 school year is the benchmark year for all public schools in Georgia as the shift from No Child Left Behind’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) performance measurement for students has been replaced by the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

The new test is based on a 100-point system and measures the readiness of students for two- or four-year colleges, universities and technical colleges without needing remediation.

A school and district’s overall score is comprised of scores in three areas: 70 points possible for Achievement; 15 points possible for both Progress and Achievement Gap. Some schools are eligible for up to 10 Challenge Points, if they have a significant number of economically disadvantaged, English learner and students with disabilities.

The seven school systems in the immediate area had varying results. All schools in the Lowndes system scored over 90, except Lowndes High School, 76.2, and Lowndes Middle, 78.9.

For the Valdosta system, only Sallas-Mahone Elementary scored above 90, W.G. Nunn scored 85.8 and Valdosta Middle, 82. The rest of the system’s schools scored in the 60s and 70s, with Valdosta High at 67.8

No area high school scored above 80, and the area systems' average is one-tenth of a point ahead of the state high school average. Area middle and elementary systems posted higher scores but were slightly below the state average.

Valdosta City Schools

Superintendent E. Martin Roesch said this year is considered a “hold harmless year,” enabling school systems to establish a baseline score to build on.

“We are confident that our schools will meet the challenges of this new accountability system, just as they have in the past, after all the new targets and refinements to the data reporting are firmly established,” Roesch stated in a press release.

For Lowndes County Superintendent Wes Taylor, with nine of 11 schools scoring 90 or better, the need for improvement is not as large a gap. In a press release statement, Taylor said he is confident though, that all 11 schools will “meet the challenges of the new accountability measure.”

From all area schools, several achieved a score over 90, including Berrien Elementary and Primary Schools, Cook Primary School, and Lanier County Primary School.

Of the seven area systems, Hahira Elementary School had the highest score at 98.7.

All state districts and individual schools’ scores are available online on the Georgia Department of Education website, ccrpi.gadoe.org/2012/

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