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Forsyth Countys schools top state on CCRPI scores

By the numbers

2015 CCRPI scores for Forsyth County schools

* Forsyth County: 91.8

* Georgia: 75.5

Elementary schools

* Big Creek: 101.7

* Brookwood: 100.5

* Chattahoochee: 94.8

* Chestatee: 87.7

* Coal Mountain: 88.2

* Cumming: 85

* Daves Creek: 102.3

* Haw Creek: 92.1

* Johns Creek: 101.4

* Kelly Mill: 88.6

* Mashburn: 93.9
* Matt: 86.6

* Midway: 88.4

* Sawnee: 87.2

* Settles Bridge: 99.3

* Sharon: 98.2

* Shiloh Point: 97.2

* Silver City: 82

* Vickery Creek: 93.4

* Whitlow: 97.5

* System: 92.3

* Georgia: 76


Middle schools

* Lakeside: 90.8

* Liberty: 88.1

* Little Mill: 82.8

* North Forsyth: 89.7

* Otwell: 81.1

* Piney Grove: 95.6

* Riverwatch: 96

* South Forsyth: 100.5

* Vickery Creek: 97.1

* System: 91.1

* Georgia: 71.2


High schools

* Forsyth Central: 81.9

* iAchieve Academy: 85.3

* Lambert: 95

* North Forsyth: 82.8

* South Forsyth: 97.1

* West Forsyth: 85.8

* System: 87.6

* Georgia: 75.8

FORSYTH COUNTY — The Forsyth County school system received its annual report card from the state Tuesday broken down by district- and school-level metrics. The numbers came out, as usual, above Georgia’s averages.

The fourth College and Career Ready Performance Index, or CCRPI, measured schools and systems on a 100-point scale based on several indicators of performance from the 2014-15 school year.

CCRPI was implemented as Georgia’s statewide accountability system in 2012 to replace No Child Left Behind’s “adequate yearly progress” measurement when the U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from NCLB, according to Matt Cardoza, a spokesman for the state education department.

Karl Mercer, director of accountability for the local school system said the index “since 2012 has given us a snapshot of our schools’ performance.”

Scores are not just focused on state-mandated assessments, he said. CCRPI looks at climate, student growth, CTAE pathway completion and attendance, all of which determine “the school as a whole.”

The index, according to Mercer, helps “parents and the public better understand how schools are performing in a more comprehensive manner than the pass/fail system previously in place under AYP.”

The average score for Georgia’s elementary schools was 76, with its middle schools at 71.2 and high schools at 75.8, making an overall statewide score of 75.5.

These scores cannot be used in a direct comparison between 2014 and 2015 CCRPI averages due to a new assessment system, changes in weights and recalculated performance targets, according to the state.

Last year was the first time students took Georgia Milestones as their statewide mandated assessments. Those replaced the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests and End of Course Tests.

“This basically is serving as our baseline, and is also our baseline for our strategic waivers, formerly IE2,” Mercer said.

In Forsyth, every school scored above the state average, with each one earning a CCRPI in the 80s or higher.

Elementary schools earned an average of 92.3, middle schools a 91.1 and high schools an 87.6.

Forsyth’s average for elementary and middle schools was also the highest of any district in Georgia.

Schools use this information to determine what areas they need to focus on for their school improvement plan.

“We don’t just look at this for where to improve, but we’re also celebrating as a system where we’re seeing a lot of achievement,” Mercer said. “We’re proud of our schools.

“It’s evidence they’re doing great work. The students, teachers, administration in the schools, they’re very proud of it.”

The highest CCRPI score for an elementary school in the county was for Daves Creek, which posted an average of 102.3 by its sum of achievement, progress, achievement gap and challenge points.

South Forsyth’s CCRPI of 100.5 was the highest middle school score, while South Forsyth High’s 97.1 was the highest at that level.

The state department also released Student Growth Model data for 2014-15, which is a metric designed to help educators, parents and other stakeholders “better understand and analyze the progress students make year to year. It provides a deeper look at student growth by school and school district, providing answers to questions such as, ‘Did students in this school grow more or less than academically similar students across the state?’ or ‘Are students growing as much in math as in English language arts?’”

Though parents moving into the district can use this data to determine which schools excel in which areas, Mercer said, “you can’t go wrong with any Forsyth County school.”

To access the Student Growth Model data, visit To access CCRPI scores, visit