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February 1 was a first for the school system as it hosted more than 60 various businesses and college programs in an event called Future Fest for all 8-12th grade students.
Forty-one sophomores spent January 30 learning from professionals in their field of interest for the annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day.
The CCRPI (College and Career Ready Performance Index) scorecards, released by the Georgia Department of Education, have been redesigned to reflect the progress and growth students are making in their learning. Dalton's district score this year is 74.5. Two Dalton elementary schools, Brookwood and Roan, scored above the state average of 77.8 for elementary schools while Dalton High School outscored the high school average score of 75.3 on the statewide accountability report card.
Brookwood was the highest scoring school in the district at 89.2 while Roan scored the second highest at 78.9. The other scores for elementary schools in Dalton included Blue Ridge - 63.7, City Park - 75.7, Park Creek - 74.4, and Westwood - 74.1.
Dalton Middle School scored 67.6, below the state average of 76.2 for middle schools. Dalton High School's CCRPI score was 81.2 while the state high school average was 75.3. Morris Innovative High School scored a 41.8.
"I know how hard our teachers and staff are working to improve student achievement," said Tim Scott, superintendent of Dalton Public Schools, "and I think we have some areas where our students are progressing. As a district, we are focusing on evaluating the academic performance of all students and using that information to inform our classroom instruction. We still have work to do to ensure every student improves academically year after year, but I know we are on the right track to raising student achievement."
The state says it has made significant improvements in CCRPI by:
- Streamlining and simplifying the calculations by roughly cutting the number of indicators in half and organizing the remaining components into five overall areas: Content Mastery, Progress, Closing the Gaps, Readiness, and (for high schools only) Graduation Rate.
- Rewarding schools that make significant progress with traditionally underserved subgroups (English Learners, Economically Disadvantaged, and Students with Disabilities) in the new Closing Gaps component
- Incentivizing student participation in enrichment courses beyond the traditional academic core in a new Beyond the Core indicator at the elementary and middle schools levels.
- Redesigned website to make it easier for parents and other stakeholders to access their schools' scores and dig into the underlying data.
Scott noted that the CCRPI changes include the weighting of components.
"The DOE has said that an apples-to-apples comparison of CCRPI scores from 2017 to 2018 cannot be made overall," added Scott.
The state department did say that performance on state assessments and graduation rates are still being used in the same way they have in the past. In the redesigned format, the total score is made up of the following components:
- Content mastery, based on student achievement scores on state-mandated assessments;
- Progress, using Student Growth Percentiles to measure progress in English language arts and math compared to academically-similar students;
- Closing gaps, based on the extent to which all students and student subgroups are meeting annual achievement improvement targets;
- Readiness, measured differently between elementary, middle and high schools but includes literacy, student attendance and opportunities for enrichment in addition to several other factors in high school; and
- Graduation rate, which includes both the four- and five-year adjusted cohort graduation rates.
The CCRPI also includes subgroup performance, School Climate Star Rating and the Financial Efficiency Star rating.
"We are seeing growth from our students and that is the goal for every student," said Scott. Our content and engagement team, principals and staff will be digging into the components and indicators that make up the CCRPI score at each school to discover what areas show the need for greater effort. Together we will continue to work on helping every child progress in their knowledge and skills."The state department rolled out the first CCRPI in 2012 and has made numerous changes in the calculations over the last six years. Based on a scale of 0 to 100, the state department created CCRPI to annually measure how well schools, districts, and the state are helping students reach the goal of graduating students ready to learn, ready to live and ready to lead. The revisions this year come as part of the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015.