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2015 CCRPI scores for Forsyth County schools

* Forsyth County: 91.8
* Georgia: 75.5

Districts and State Commission Charter Schools

• 1 .5 Star
• 7 – 1 Star
• 15 – 1.5 Stars
• 25 – 2 Stars
• 32 – 2.5 Stars
• 29 – 3 Stars
• 41 – 3.5 Stars
• 21 – 4 Stars
• 8 – 4.5 Stars
• 1 – 5 Stars (Forsyth County Schools)

FORSYTH COUNTY – Students, teachers and schools are often rated based on test scores, but Forsyth County Schools was recently earned top marks in a financial measure.

The school system was the only district in Georgia to receive the highest Financial Efficiency Star Rating possible from the Georgia Department of Education, meaning Forsyth County has the most efficient combination of spending less on instruction while seeing higher results from students.

“Our finance department, central office staff and school leaders do an outstanding job managing the funds entrusted to us by the tax payers of Forsyth County,” Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Jeff Bearden said. “We have the lowest millage rate and the lowest per-pupil expenditures in metro Atlanta and are achieving at the highest rates in the history of our district.”

The rating is based on the district’s three-year average College and Career Ready Performance Index, or CCRPI, score and the percentile of the three-year average per-pupil expenditure.

Forsyth County’s 2015 CCRPI score of 91.8 was the highest in the state.

In that same year, the district spent about $7,597 on each full-time student, according to data from the school system – the lowest among the 12 largest districts in the state.

Per-pupil expenditure is calculated by dividing the district’s expenditures by its fall enrollment, which in Forsyth County was recorded as 42,693.

This calculation only includes certain expenditures – generally, costs not directly affecting the K-12 population, those associated with facility construction and any that cannot be associated with a specific year are omitted, according to the state education department.

Districts can earn between a one-half star and five stars, with one-half-star ratings being given to districts with the highest per-pupil expenditures and lowest CCRPI scores.