The New College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) – Where did we go wrong?
Points for closing the achievement gap?
Why can't we have points for closing the achievement gap between Georgia students and students in high performing countries?
Challenge points for diagnosing more students into special education?
There is already an incentive to place students into special education; a special education student generates more funding. Now placing students in special education will earn us more points if they meet or exceed standards. There is an incentive to place borderline students, especially if they do have the ability to succeed, into special education because their success on the CRCT can earn us more points. Expect the over-representation of students in special education classes to increase, along with the overall cost of educating a special education student.
Points for English language learners?
If we play by new “point” rules, a significant number of English language learners with meets or exceeds test scores generates more points. Will these students receive more teacher attention than the others?
Points for economically disadvantaged students?
In this new numbers game, if we have enough poor students, we will receive extra points if they meet or exceed standards on the CRCT. This new system assumes that poor students are also disadvantaged academically. Since when has stereotyping students like this become politically correct? What message are we sending to students on free and reduced lunch programs? We have accomplished more if you succeed so we should receive more points for your success? Expect more schools to make sure that those free and reduced lunch forms are filled out and returned promptly.
The CCRPI does not make sense. We get points for closing the achievement gap; advanced students cannot get too far ahead of the others. At the same time we must value the scores of certain groups of students more than other groups of students, to earn more points. Closing the achievement gap is worth 15 points while the success of certain students is worth 10 points.
How is this different from AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress)? If a school had a large enough minority subgroup and that subgroup did not do well, the school did not make AYP. With the CCRPI if the school has a large enough subgroup (English language learners, economically disadvantaged, special education) the school will receive extra points in the index if those students meet or exceed the standards. So we went from negative incentives to positive point incentives. Another change from AYP, now points will be given for closing the achievement gap.
Why would any state agree to rate schools using this system?
Find out more about the new point system here:
“Posted: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2013
How Georgia public schools scored on the CCRPI, 2012
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Georgia Department of Education Tuesday released a new report card tool that grades a school's performance on a scale of 0 to 100. A school can earn 10 bonus points for a possible score of 110. This grading system replaces the "Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)" designation, which was criticized because it only rated schools as pass or fail.
To use this database, first select your school system, then select your school. You can choose to see all schools in a system, or only your school. To see state-level scores, select "Georgia overall", then "System overall". To see system-level scores, select "See all systems", then "System overall".
Definitions and descriptions for the CCRPI data:
Schools and districts are graded on a 100 point-scale on the index and can receive up to 10 bonus points for a total possible score of 110.
•Achievement points (based on results of the CRCT in grades 3-8 and end of course tests in grades 9-12, measures of whether students are ready for the next level and the 4-year and 5-year grad rates) -- up to 70 points
•Progress points (based on the percent of a school's students who show typical or high academic growth on state tests) -- up to 15 points
•Achievement gap points (schools can either receive points for closing or having small achievement gaps on state tests or for year-over-year gap change) -- up to 15 points
•Challenge points (schools can receive if they have a significant number of economically disadvantaged students, English learners and students with disabilities meeting expectations or if they exceed the CCRPI state targets in college-ready programs) -- up to 10 bonus points.”
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