Four CCSD Schools Honored for Outstanding Academic Performance!

Four CCSD Schools Honored for Outstanding Academic Performance!

Clayton Elementary School Principal Abbey Philpot, center right, and her teachers celebrate the school’s Gold Award for Greatest Gains announced today by the Governor’s Office.

Four Cherokee County School District schools have been honored by Gov. Nathan Deal for outstanding academic performance!

Clayton Elementary School earned a top Gold Award in the “Greatest Gains” ratings, which recognize only 139 schools statewide that earned a three-year average CCRPI (College and Career Ready Performance Index) Progress Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile.

Sequoyah High School earned Silver in “Greatest Gains,” and Bascomb Elementary and Woodstock Middle earned Bronze.

Bascomb Elementary also earned Bronze in the “Highest Performance” ratings, which recognize only 142 schools statewide that have earned a three-year average CCRPI Achievement Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile.

“Congratulations to the educators and administrators in Georgia’s award-winning schools who have exceeded expectations in preparing their students,” Gov. Deal said in his awards announcement today. “By implementing the best methods for teaching young minds, educators at Highest Performing and Greatest Gains schools are going above and beyond to help their students develop the skills needed for future success.”

This is the third consecutive year for Sequoyah HS and Woodstock MS to be honored, and the second for Bascomb ES.

Winners receive a certificate to display at their school. The Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools will recognize CCSD’s winners at the Dec. 14 School Board meeting.

“These teachers and leaders give 110% every day… and it’s not for Gold Awards or other glory, but to help their students be as successful as possible,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We’re so proud of the academic achievement and progress that led to this recognition, and are thankful for the parents and partners who support us and work with us to continually improve teaching and learning.”

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CCSD Improves Performance, Exceeds State CCRPI Average!

CCRPI results chart

The Cherokee County School District for the sixth consecutive year has improved results and exceeded the State’s average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score, which annually rates student academic achievement and progress!

The School District’s 2016-17 CCRPI average, released today by the Georgia Department of Education, is 81.8, up from 81.6, and tops the statewide average of 75. Scores at all three levels of CCSD schools – elementary, middle and high – surpass State performance; only one CCSD school scores below 70, with a 67 – a decrease from three schools last year, and five schools scored above 90 – an increase from three schools last year.

“We’re so proud of our students, teachers and staff, parents and partners for the incredible dedication required to realize significant gains in achievement and progress,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Making the needle move in this complicated formula is extremely challenging, especially as such ratings don’t fully reflect the advancements accomplished daily by our most at-risk students and their tireless teachers. We support the State DOE’s plans to further improve the accuracy of this index, as we work together to ‘educate the emerging generation’ for college and career readiness.”

Data used to calculate CCRPI scores, including Georgia Milestones test results and graduation rates, are reviewed by CCSD and school leaders and data teams upon receipt throughout the year. This immediate responsiveness allows CCSD to continuously improve as quickly as possible without waiting for calculation of the CCRPI.

Whenever a negative trend is spotted in this year-round data flow, the Superintendent of Schools is pre-authorized by the School Board to deploy a CCSD leadership team to schools experiencing challenges for an operational review resulting in specific recommendations for improvements.

CCRPI school results chart

 


Four CCSD Schools Honored by Gov. Deal for Outstanding Academic Performance

Four Cherokee County School District schools have been honored by Gov. Nathan Deal for outstanding academic performance!

E.T. Booth Middle, Woodstock Middle and Sequoyah High all have received Silver Awards for “Greatest Gains,” while Bascomb Elementary received a Bronze Award for “Highest Performing.”

“I congratulate all of the students, teachers and administrators in Georgia’s award-winning schools who worked tirelessly toward these accomplishments,” Gov. Deal said.  “The bright minds of Georgia’s students are the state’s most precious resource and I commend the schools that are exceeding expectations in preparing their students for future success.”

To earn “Greatest Gains” awards, schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI (College and Career Ready Performance Index) Progress Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile.  Only 139 schools in the State received a “Greatest Gains” award.

To earn “Highest Performing” awards, schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI Achievement Score in at least the 93rd percentile.  Only 130 schools in the State received a “Greatest Gains” award.

Winners receive a certificate to display at their school.  Sequoyah High and Woodstock Middle also were recognized last school year.

“We’re very proud of this accomplishment,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “These honors are the result of hard work happening in our schools on a daily basis.  These four schools, like many throughout our School District, are making continuous, significant gains in academic achievement, and the students, teachers and staff, parents and partners deserve a huge congratulations.”


CCSD Exceeds State College & Career Readiness Average, Increases Score

CCSD CCRPI 2015-16 Scores

The Cherokee County School District for the fifth consecutive year has exceeded the State’s average score under the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) system that annually assesses student academic achievement and progress… and increased its average score by more than 3 points!

The School District’s average CCRPI score for 2015-16 released today by the Georgia Department of Education is 81.6, up from 78.2 the previous year, and exceeding the Georgia average of 73.6.  Averages at all three levels of CCSD schools – elementary, middle and high – increased; no schools scored below 64.

Individual pieces of data used to formulate CCRPI, such as Georgia Milestones assessment results and graduation rates, are analyzed by school and CCSD data management and leadership teams upon receipt throughout the year.  As a result, CCSD’s efforts to track college and career readiness and address school performance issues are not halted while waiting for the State to calculate a score based on these metrics.

Additionally, School Board Policy provides for an administrative team to intervene whenever the Superintendent of Schools determines action is needed.  The process, which has been utilized three times in recent years, sends a team of CCSD leaders to the school for a thorough operational review with specific recommendations issued for changes.

Annual CCRPI scores do serve a purpose for CCSD: the 2014-15 CCRPI scores were designated by the School Board as the benchmark for achievement for our Strategic Waiver System reform model; we now are working to improve annually on those benchmark scores… which these new results illustrate is being accomplished.

“We applaud the hard work underway by students, teachers and staff in schools across CCSD to ensure that every student is as successful as possible, which we know also requires the support of parents, families, volunteers and partners,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “Thank you to everyone who plays a role in preparing our future generation for college and career readiness… together we’re successfully ‘Educating the Emerging Generation!’

2015   CCRPI 2016   CCRPI
STATE ES AVERAGE 76.0 71.7
CCSD ES AVERAGE 74.2 77.9
Arnold Mill 76.2 77.5
Avery 80.3 87.1
Ball Ground 68.9 75.7
Bascomb 87.8 93.1
Boston 84.8 81.7
Canton 60.0 68.7
Carmel 75.0 83.1
Clark Creek 75.7 78.5
Clayton 75.6 75.9
Free Home 84.9 76.6
Hasty 62.4 64.5
Hickory Flat 82.6 88.4
Holly Springs 56.9 68.6
Indian Knoll 72.4 78.8
Johnston 81.3 80.0
Knox 68.5 78.3
Liberty 72.1 81.3
Little River 76.2 73.9
Macedonia 86.9 88.6
Mountain Road 69.5 83.3
Oak Grove 65.6 76.7
R.M. Moore 69.1 84.5
Sixes 80.0 83.3
Woodstock 75.1 77.4
STATE MS AVG 71.2   71.5
CCSD MS AVG 77.6 81.3
Creekland 78.9 84.4
E.T. Booth 84.3 86.4
Dean Rusk 78.7 82.1
Freedom 84.5 80.6
Mill Creek 74.8 78.6
Teasley 63.7 74.3
Woodstock 82.4 85.3
STATE HS AVG 75.8 75.7
CCSD HS AVG 83.0 85.6
Cherokee 79.7 71.8
Creekview 82.9 88.7
Etowah 88.0 85.1
River Ridge 83.1 89.5
Sequoyah 84.7 90.4
Woodstock 83.8 90.2
STATE AVG 75.5 73.6
CCSD AVG 78.2 81.6