DCSS touts education gains

DCSS touts education gains

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School System issued a release Tuesday, citing improvement on new state College and Career Ready Performance Index, also known as the CCRPI.

DCSS says that since new accountability measures were put in place by the State of Georgia in 2012, the Dougherty County School System has achieved a 6.8 point gain, as reported in today's release of the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI).

Statewide, Georgia's school system was down, according to the state superintendent's office. Elementary schools saw a five point decrease in scores from 77.8 to 72.6 (-5.2), middle schools saw a one-year decrease in scores from 74.6 to 73.2 (-1.4) and high schools saw a one-year decrease in scores from 71.8 to 68.4 (-3.4).

Dougherty County schools increased from 60.2 in 2012 to 67 this year. CCRPI is a comprehensive school improvement, accountability, and communication platform for all educational stakeholders that will promote college and career readiness for all Georgia public school students.

















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“We are definitely closing the gap,” said Dr. Ufot Inyang, associate superintendent for academic services. “We have put new procedures and protocols in place, raised expectations, demanded accountability and the results of that work is beginning to show returns. Some of these initiatives are increasing learning time, data-driven planning and instruction, timely interventions for struggling learners, creating flexible learning plans for students, monitoring high school cohorts and tracking students more closely toward on-time graduation, ongoing professional development for teachers to enhance effectiveness among others.”

The schools showing the greatest gains in overall scores are Lamar Reese Elementary Magnet School with a 19.8 point increase and Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School that posted a 19.6 point improvement from the previous year. Lincoln Elementary Magnet School earned an increase of 11.5 points. Jackson Heights Elementary, Lincoln Elementary Magnet and Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary Schools exceeded growth targets in science. Martin Luther King, Jr. also exceeded in social studies.

Merry Acres Middle and Robert A. Cross Middle Magnet exceeded growth targets in social studies and Robert A. Cross exceeded the target in reading. Albany High School exceeded growth target in economics. The middle school highlight came from the Robert A. Cross Middle Magnet School, posting a 9.6 point gain to a CCRPI overall rating of 98.6 (on a 100 point scale). System elementary and middle schools met growth targets for every subject area offered. The high schools met growth targets for six of the eight subject areas.

"We have scores that we are working hard to improve,” said Inyang. "Our high schools will receive higher marks as we improve our graduation rates. We are addressing ways to achieve that improvement within our district and through collaborative work with the county's colleges and university. In spite of the progress, the system showed one-year decreases in CCRPI scores in one high school, one middle and four elementary schools."

According to Inyang, the key indicators that influence the overall scores are results from standardized state assessments, predictors for on-time graduation (a computation of numbers of students passing classes and exams and the percentage of those that are exceeding the state standards), and the Student Growth Measure (SGM). This new measure tracks a student's achievement level in relation to the progress made compared to other students across the state who tested at similar levels last year.

"These accountability measures are quite complex, but they allow for the consideration of several variables in addition to standardized test scores to measure student and school performance,” said Inyang. “We agree with our state leadership that the additional variables make the measures more useful and relevant for all stakeholders and more meaningful for use in achieving higher teaching and learning performance.”

Dr. David Mosely, superintendent, has high expectations for continuing improvement. “We have put good leaders in place and it is their responsibility to make sure we have good instruction in every classroom,” said Mosely. “We are doing all we can to support good instruction and to supply good direction."
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