The Long County Board of Education discussed the progress of the Long County School System Monday night, broken down by school and showing an overall improvement in College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).
In October, the Georgia Department of Education released a statewide report on CCRPI scores showing on overall decrease in elementary and middle school and an increase at the high school level. According to GaDOE, CCRPI scores are Georgia’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which replaced No Child Left Behind. CCRPI scores are based on five areas: Content Mastery, Progress, Closing Gaps, Readiness, and Graduation Rate, which is only applied to the high school level. Schools throughout the state are required to meet achievement targets for all student subgroups. Schools are given a certain number of points depending on whether that achievement is met.
Long County received an overall district score of 75.4 in 2019 and a 72.7 in 2018. According to GaDOE, there are 4,015 students enrolled across four schools. Demographics include: 0.3 percent American Indian/Alaskan Native; 0.8 percent Asian/Pacific Islander; 27.3 percent Black; 15.9 percent Hispanic; 9 percent Multi-racial; 46.7 percent White; 76 percent Economically Disadvantaged; 6.3 percent English Learners; and 14.1 percent Students with Disability. Each subgroups represented is scored in the CCRPI by district and by school.
Smiley Elementary School, the district’s k-2 school received an overall score of 81.2; McClelland Elementary Schools, the district’s grade 3-5 school received an overall score of 70.1; Long County Middle Schools, grades 6-8 received an overall score of 83.8; and Long County High School received an overall score of 78. Long County High School’s score includes a graduation rate of 89.1 percent with a target of 90 percent that Superintendent David Edwards said was achieved in the past and is now the district’s static target.
Edwards said the CCRPI scores show the board what areas need improvement as well as areas that have improved.
According to the GaDOE report, at the elementary level, students improved in English Language Arts and Mathematics, but need improvement in Science and Social Studies.
At the high school level, students improved in English Language Arts and Social Studies, but need improvement in Mathematics and Science. At the middle school level, students showed improvement in all areas of content mastery.
The full report is available online at ccrpi.gadoe.org.