Her­itage Mid­dle shines in per­for­mance scores

The Catoosa County News - - FRONT PAGE - By Ta­mara Wolk Cor­re­spon­dent

Scores for Ge­or­gia’s 2017-18 Col­lege and Ca­reer Ready Per­for­mance In­dex were re­leased in Oc­to­ber.

CCRPI mea­sures how stu­dents are do­ing in a num­ber of ar­eas:

Con­tent mas­tery: “Are stu­dents achiev­ing at the level nec­es­sary to be pre­pared for the next grade, col­lege, and ca­reer?’

Progress: “How much growth are stu­dents demon­strat­ing rel­a­tive to aca­dem­i­cally-sim­i­lar stu­dents?”

Clos­ing gaps: “Are all stu­dents and all stu­dent sub­groups mak­ing im­prove­ments in achieve­ment rates?”

Readi­ness: “Are stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in ac­tiv­i­ties that pre­pare them for and demon­strate readi­ness for the next level, col­lege, and ca­reer?”

The shin­ing star among Ca­toosa County schools was Her­itage Mid­dle School, with an over­all score of 93. The state av­er­age for mid­dle schools was 76.2. Ring­gold Mid­dle School scored a lit­tle above the av­er­age at 78.7 and Lake­view Mid­dle School scored a lit­tle un­der at 74.6.

The range of scores for el­e­men­tary and pri­mary schools ran from 57.6 at West Side El­e­men­tary to 82.7 at Boyn­ton El­e­men­tary. The state av­er­age for el­e­men­tary schools was 77.8. In be­tween, the scores ran: Ring­gold Pri­mary: 80.9, Bat­tle­field Pri­mary: 79.9, Graysville El­e­men­tary: 78, Ring­gold El­e­men­tary: 75.5, Wood­sta­tion El­e­men­tary: 75.4, Bat­tle­field El­e­men­tary: 74.7, Cloud Springs El­e­men­tary: 69.7, Tiger Creek El­e­men­tary: 58.1.

In the two low­est-scor­ing el­e­men­tary schools, in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gory scores ex­pand upon the big pic­ture. While West Side scored over­all well be­low the state av­er­age, the school scored 70.3 in the “progress” cat­e­gory and 74.6 in the “readi­ness” cat­e­gory, though only 49.3 in “con­tent mas­tery.”

Tiger Creek scored 61.8 in “progress,” 80.6 in “readi­ness” and 58.9 in “con­tent mas­tery.”

The “clos­ing gaps” scores for West Side (21.9) and Tiger Creek (17.9) con­trib­uted con­sid­er­ably to bring­ing down the schools’ over­all scores.

High schools had grad­u­a­tion rates fac­tored into their scores, along with the other cat­e­gories. Two high schools scored above the state av­er­age of 75.3 — Ring­gold High with 82.1 (grad­u­a­tion rate: 90.7) and Her­itage High with 80.4 (grad­u­a­tion rate: 91). Lake­view-fort Oglethorpe

High scored 69.7 (grad­u­a­tion rate: 82.1). Lake­view-fort Oglethorpe scored high­est in the “progress” cat­e­gory with a 90.5 and low­est in “clos­ing gaps” with an 18.8. Ring­gold High scored 91.7 in “clos­ing gaps.” Her­itage High had fairly even scores across the cat­e­gories, their high­est score — 83.6 — in “progress.”

Ca­toosa County Schools As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Kim Ni­chols says the school dis­trict be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing which pro­fes­sional prac­tices have the great­est im­pact on stu­dents’ achieve­ment in the fall of 2016. “Plans to im­ple­ment these prac­tices were embed­ded into the school dis­trict’s strate­gic plan,” she says. “Many of these prac­tices are those be­ing used by Her­itage Mid­dle, so we are ex­cited about po­ten­tial re­sults for the fu­ture.”

Ni­chols says “school lead­ers be­gan ex­ten­sive pro­fes­sional learn­ing dur­ing the 2017-1018 school year which fo­cused on the Pro­fes­sional Learn­ing Com­mu­ni­ties frame­work.

“We will con­tinue to strengthen our un­der­stand­ing and im­ple­men­ta­tion of these prac­tices across the dis­trict,” says Ni­chols.

GDOE sug­gests that if par­ents are con­cerned about their chil­dren’s schools, they get in touch with the schools and talk about ways to get in­volved. “There is no short­age of op­por­tu­ni­ties, both small and large, to get in­volved and make a dif­fer­ence,” says GDOE.

To learn more about CCRPI, visit ga­doe.org/ Ccrpi/pages/de­fault. Aspx.

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