VALDOSTA — Lowndes County Schools had the ninth highest 2018 College and Career Ready Performance Index score in the state and highest among its neighboring school districts.

The county school administration presented the latest scores, a Georgia Department of Education indicator of college and career readiness, Monday during the Lowndes County Board of Education meeting.

The 2018 score is 84.5.

Only eight Georgia school systems received better scores than Lowndes: Buford City, Jefferson City, Forsyth County, Trion City, Oconee County, Bremen City, Fayette County and Decatur City School Systems. Lowndes is tied with Bleckley County School System.

“Once again, I can’t state this enough: this

release was huge, and it’s certainly something to celebrate,” said Rodney Green, assistant superintendent.

In the Coastal Plains Regional Education Service Agency, Lowndes topped the list compared to the 11 other school systems in the region. Including Valdosta City Schools, which had a CCRPI score of 64.3 — more than 20 points less than its neighboring school system.

Broken down, Lowndes remained in the No. 1 spot in the Coastal Plains RESA for elementary, middle and high school scores, which were 83.7, 87.4 and 83.5, respectively.

The top five highest-earning schools in the Coastal Plains RESA were all Lowndes County schools: Westside Elementary School at 92.3, Pine Grove Middle School at 93.2, Dewar Elementary School at 84.5, Lowndes High School at 83.5 and Lowndes Middle School at 82.1.

“If I did not stress it enough, the top five schools in our RESA are all in Lowndes County,” Green said. “That drove it home for me right there.”

When board members asked how the score compares to 2017 results, Green said the results cannot be compared because the components and weights have changed for how the state education department scores school systems.

The only two category indicators that remain the same, Green said, are content mastery and graduation rate.

Green brought up Lowndes’ School Climate Star ratings, which serve as an indicator of a school district’s culture, to the board Monday evening.

Lowndes had two four-star, or above average, rated schools, and the rest were five-star, or excellent, rated schools.

The next board meeting is at 6 p.m., Nov. 12, at the central office.

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