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Georgia elementary, middle schools test well; high schools struggle

Monday, April 21, 2014 10:08 AM
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ATLANTA -- The results were mixed on the averages for the state's elementary, middle and high schools on the Georgia Department of Education's scores released today.

All three registered in the 70s, which State Superintendent of Schools John Barge equated to a C letter grade.

"I think it's fairly accurate of where we are," he said.

Barge, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, said he wanted to release unvarnished results, even if they do show marginal improvement, because he is concerned more about students than his political future.

"We're not going to hide anything. We're going to make sure our kids are getting the best education they can," he said.

The scores from the department's College & Career-Ready Performance Index show little change from last year. The average for elementary schools rose from 74.9 to 78.5 while the middle schools rose from 73.9 to 75. The high school figure dropped 1 point from 73.0 to 72.0.

The CCRPI, which educators jokingly pronounce "grapy," is a compilation of many factors. For instance, it measures 11 factors in elementary schools and 19 in high schools. Then it breaks them down into those reflecting student achievement, the progress students are making and the gap between white students and those of other races.

The weight given to achievement has been reduced in order to give greater weight to progress. And last year's scores were recalculated in order to make the comparison.

Other changes were also made in this year's calculations, such as including end-of-course-test grades for high schools. Barge said that was the main reason that the high school average dropped.

The superintendent said parents can use the scores in deciding where they will buy a house. If they already have children in a school with disappointing scores, they can meet with teachers and counselors for suggestions on how they can help their kids surpass their classmates.

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Riverman1 04/21/14 - 09:14 am
I wonder if the Chronicle

I wonder if the Chronicle could post the local scores? Or have they already done that?

Pops 04/21/14 - 09:21 am
I would like to test some of the parents of these high schoolers

Question number one: What is the name of the high school your child attends?
Question number two: What grade is your child in?
Bonus question: Name three of your child's teachers.

Tracey McManus
Tracey McManus 04/21/14 - 09:25 am
Local scores

Riverman, we will have a story explaining the local scores later today. GDOE had a press conference this morning about the new CCRPI results and will be releasing school and district level scores soon. Stay tuned.

ymnbde 04/21/14 - 09:46 am
hmmm... didn't they change the test?

many elementary teachers think the newest test is quite a bit easier...
not that there is anything wrong with that?
is there?
perhaps a bit of investigative journalism is in order?

dichotomy 04/21/14 - 10:28 am
"High schools struggle" Well,

"High schools struggle"

Well, the thug bug has set in by then. It's hard to compete with sex, drugs, and.....whatever kind of music they are listening to nowadays. If you haven't taught them to read, write, and do math by the 7th or 8th grade you've probably lost most of them. With all that is going on in the world, the last thing on their mind in high school is learning something. It's merely a forced social activity by then.

"I would like to test some of the parents of these high schoolers"

Bonus question #2: Name all of your children's fathers.

Riverman1 04/21/14 - 01:20 pm
Tracey, thanks.

Tracey, thanks.

Mr. Thackeray
Mr. Thackeray 04/21/14 - 02:54 pm
"Ga. elementary, middle schools test well"

Compared to other states? I think not, unless you are talking SC, AL, MS

corgimom 04/21/14 - 07:40 pm
Dichotomy, actually, if a

Dichotomy, actually, if a child isn't at grade level for reading and math at the end of 3rd grade, their chances of catching up are very small.

Many school districts are now making it mandatory that if a child can't pass their 3rd grade EOG's, they must be retained.

From 4th grade on, it's assumed that students have achieved competency at the 3rd grade level, where all the base-level instruction has taken place in K-3. Starting in 4th grade, the textbooks change, and the base-level instruction stops.

class1 04/27/14 - 07:14 am

It's not to hard to be pass the test when all you need is half right.
Sometimes, it is even less than half right in some grade levels.

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