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State test scores note improvement among Fulton County students

Local schools exceed state, county averages

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NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The 105 schools in the Fulton County School System earned a “C+” average on the state’s annual report card in 2017, but progress is being made in the number of schools deemed “chronically failing” and subject to state intervention. Last week, the Georgia Department of Education released results for the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), the annual evaluation tool for public schools across the state. First implemented in 2012, the CCRPI is designed to provide a broader view of school achievement and progress than the assessment it replaced — the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement mandated by No Child Left Behind.  Schools are evaluated on a 100 point scale based on a number of factors, and they have the ability to earn additional points for “exceeding the bar” progress. Overall, Fulton increased its average to 78; more than three points higher than last year, and above the state average of 75. Fulton Superintendent Jeff Rose noted he was particularly pleased with the achievement of the district’s lowest-performing schools. The number of Fulton schools scoring below the passing score of 60 dropped from 14 schools in 2016, to eight schools this year. Plans on how to help the 104 schools considered “chronically failing” will be made public in January by the newly-appointed State Turnaround Officer, Eric Thomas. “We are encouraged by the progress that was made last year,” said Rose, noting Fulton has directed significant efforts to underperforming schools. “[But] there is much more work ahead of us.” Each level of Fulton schools saw increases on the 2017 CCRPI. Elementary schools’ scores rose 4.3 points to 77.6, middle schools increased 2 points to 72.8, and high schools improved by 2.9 points to 82.4. Comparatively, the state scores were 72.9 for elementary schools, 73 for middle schools, and 77 for high schools.  Among North Fulton schools, the nine area high schools had the greatest performance averaging nearly 93 points. The region’s 29 elementary school were close behind at just under 90 points, with the 11 middle schools posting a solid “B” rating at 86 points. Two North Fulton schools – Lake Windward Elementary and Northview High – scored over 100 points for a second consecutive year, with the extra points given for “exceeding the bar.” Three other areas schools had near perfect scores – Findley Oaks Elementary (99.9), River Trail Middle (99.5), and Cambridge High School (99.0). Other high achievers in North Fulton included schools with double-digit gains from last year, including Hillside Elementary (+24.7), Mountain Park Elementary (+18.1), Roswell North (+15.2). Changes will likely be coming to the CCRPI next year under the new education mandates now in effect under the U.S. Department of Education. A draft of the Georgia plan submitted to the federal government for approval includes revisions to the current calculations. Those include placing more emphasis on year-to-year progress, student attendance, “closing the gap” between low and high performing students, and customized performance improvement targets.

2017 CCRPI Scores (out of a possible 100 points)
         2017 Avg.    2016 Avg.       Change   
   STATE 75.0 73.6 1.5
   FULTON 78.0 74.7 3.3
   Elementary Schools
   Abbotts Hill 91.5 88.1 3.4
   Alpharetta 95.8 91.0 4.8
   Amana Charter 81.9 75.4 6.5
   Barnwell 86.4 89.3 -2.9
   Birmingham Falls 93.8 85.0 8.8
   Cogburn Woods 89.4 89.9 -0.5
   Crabapple Crossing 97.1 88.0 9.1
   Creek View 95.0 92.3 2.7
   Dolvin 97.9 88.9 9.0
   Esther Jackson 73.2 67.9 5.3
   Findley Oaks 99.9 97.6 2.3
   Hembree Springs 78.8 80.2 -1.4
   Hillside 89.3 64.6 24.7
   Lake Windward 104.5 100.4 4.1
   Manning Oaks 80.1 79.6 0.5
   Medlock Bridge 93.9 85.5 8.4
   Mimosa 67.0 57.8 9.2
   Mountain Park 97.1 79.0 18.1
   New Prospect 89.0 95.1 -6.1
   Northwood 91.9 86.4 5.5
   Ocee 95.6 96.1 -0.5
   River Eves 88.0 87.5 0.5
   Roswell North 88.9 73.7 15.2
   Shakerag 98.0 96.0 2.0
   State Bridge Crossing 82.9 90.2 -7.3
   Summit Hill 89.1 88.4 0.7
   Sweet Apple 93.3 95.6 -2.3
   Wilson Creek 94.9 97.6 -2.7
   Vickery Mill 66.7 n/a n/a
   NORTH FULTON ES Avg. 89.3 86.0 3.3
   FULTON ES Avg. 77.6 73.3 4.3
   STATE ES Avg. 72.9 71.7 1.2
   Middle Schools
   Amana Charter 92.2 90.6 1.6
   Autrey Mill 94.0 88.3 5.7
   Crabapple 83.2 82.9 0.3
   Elkins Pointe 71.3 72.4 -1.1
   Haynes Bridge 73.9 69.1 4.8
   Holcomb Bridge 71.1 66.6 4.5
   Hopewell 86.1 90.2 -4.1
   Northwestern 87.9 95.7 -7.8
   River Trail 99.5 97.1 2.4
   Taylor Road 87.2 86.0 1.2
   Webb Bridge 98.2 93.4 4.8
   NORTH FULTON ES Avg. 85.9 84.8 1.1
   FULTON ES Avg. 72.8 70.8 2.0
   STATE ES Avg. 73.0 71.5 1.5
   High Schools
   Alpharetta 95.9 93.6 2.3
   Cambridge 99.0 97.0 2.0
   Centennial 79.5 77.7 1.8
   Chattahoochee 98.6 99.3 -0.7
   Independence 76.3 67.7 8.6
   Johns Creek 97.6 98.2 -0.6
   Milton 92.4 95.9 -3.5
   Northview 100.4 101.2 -0.8
   Roswell 93.3 94.5 -1.2
   NORTH FULTON ES Avg. 92.6 91.7 0.9
   FULTON ES Avg. 82.4 79.5 2.9
   STATE ES Avg. 77.0 75.7 1.3


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