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CCSD Continues to Exceed State Accountability Scores

Posted On: Wednesday, November 16, 2022

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The Cherokee County School District continues to exceed the State’s average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) accountability system scores.

The 2021-22 school year scores, released today by the Georgia Department of Education, calculate student academic achievement and progress.  Under a waiver received from the U.S. Department of Education, the 2022 CCRPI report does not include an overall 0-100 score for schools, districts, or the state.  Individual components of the scores were released, with modifications made due to pandemic related data limitations.  While the scores use a 100-point scale, they cannot accurately be equated to school letter grades.

The CCRPI averages are calculated using results received by CCSD throughout the year, such as Georgia Milestones test scores and graduation rates.  These results are reviewed by CCSD and its school leaders and data teams throughout the year upon receipt to allow for immediate adjustment and improvement.  

“We’re deeply proud of our students and our teachers and staff for their determination and hard work to overcome the pandemic’s challenges to teaching and learning,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We will review this report to determine how we best can help our students, teachers and staff be as successful as possible.”

CCSD’s 2021-22 content mastery scores exceed the state averages for all three school levels.  Elementary students are scored for English Language Arts, mathematics and science, with middle and high school students additionally scored for social studies. CCSD elementary school students earned a 77 content mastery score (72.63 ELA, 83.72 math, 71.57 science), as compared to the statewide 63.  CCSD middle school students earned a 70 (66.88 ELA, 71.40 math, 67.73 science, 74.73 social studies), outscoring the state’s 60.  CCSD high school students earned a 79 (76.77 ELA, 68.37 math, 80.39 science, 91.70 social studies), topping the 64.7 statewide average.  

CCSD’s 2021-22 readiness scores also exceed the state averages for all three school levels.  For elementary and middle school students, readiness is calculated based on literacy and “beyond the core” knowledge (for elementary: fine arts, world language, computer science; for middle: fine arts, world language, physical education/health, career exploratory, computer science).  For high school students, readiness includes literacy, participation in advanced academic classes and Career Pathway program completion.  CCSD elementary school students earned a 77.8 readiness score, as compared to the statewide 71.8.  CCSD middle school students earned a 78.5, outscoring the state’s 75.1.  CCSD high school students earned a 77.4, topping the 73.2 statewide average.  
 
The CCRPI report also included graduation rates, which were announced earlier this year.  CCSD’s Class of 2022 four-year graduation rate hit a new high of 92.3%, exceeding the state average of 84.1%.

State School Superintendent Richard Woods said his team is dedicated to supporting school districts in their efforts to improve student learning.

“Georgia will continue to remain laser-focused on academic recovery,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “We know the pandemic had an undeniable impact on student learning – it’s our role, responsibility and privilege moving forward to ensure districts and schools have the resources they need to continue investing in students and combatting the effects of lost learning opportunities.  Georgia’s teachers, students and the rest of our public education family have already worked incredibly hard to get learning back on track, and I am entirely confident in their ability to continue those efforts.”

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