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This week, Forsyth County Schools announced a new achievement for the system: College and Career Readiness Performance Index scores higher than any other county school system in the state.

Tim Keyser, accountability coordinator, and Beth Kieffer, assessment and accountability director of Forsyth County Schools, presented their findings at the board of education meeting Tuesday, showing Forsyth County Schools had the highest CCRPI sores of all Georgia county school systems. 

“We are blessed here by a community with high expectations. And beyond that, we have excellent students who want to excel,” Kieffer said Wednesday.

The College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) is the annual tool that Georgia uses to measure how well school and districts prepare students for secondary education and careers. 

Each school is assessed on four categories: achievement, progress, achievement gap and challenge points, on a scale of 0 to 100.

For 2017, Forsyth County Schools as a whole scored a 92.5, the highest score in the state of all county school systems, including the highest scores per grade level.

The state average for school districts is 75.

“The CCRPI is yet another indicator of how well our students perform,” said Forsyth County Superintendent Jeff Bearden.

“This high level of student achievement can be attributed to quality classroom instruction, students taking ownership in their learning and a community that continues to support public education at a high level. I continue to be impressed, inspired and proud of FCS.”

According to Keyser and Kieffer the latest achievement is a culmination of motivated parents, teachers and students, but also the strong collaborative effort that is made between the 37 Forsyth County Schools and administration.

“When you have principals and leadership talking, you can pick and choose what works and what doesn’t,” Kieffer said. 

“What we want to ensure is that students are prepared when elementary goes into middle, when middle goes into high school, when high school goes into wherever they chose to go in life. We want them done and ready for life,” Kieffer said.

Keyser said in 2018 the CCRPI is going to change slightly to give the state more flexibility in setting goals for individual schools.

“When you see a lower score, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the school performed poorly. It just means that the states target is outpacing the school’s performance,” Keyser said. 

Keyser expects those lower scores will bounce back when the state can tailor goals to fit each school and the different subgroups within the schools.  

“But this is just one thing that makes a school great,” he said. “What it doesn’t measure is all the other stuff behind the scenes that makes a school great.”