As of March 30, 2012, Georgia was one of only 10 states to have been granted a waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB). No longer will Georgia be bound by the narrow definitions of success found in NCLB. The waiver enables the state to hold schools accountable and reward them for the work they do in all subjects and with all students.
In order to receive the waiver, the U.S. Department of Education required that states identify Title I Priority Schools, Focus Schools, and Reward Schools (details listed below). Achievement data from all core content areas and graduation rate data will be used to identify Priority and Focus Schools, which will replace the current Needs Improvement Schools designation. Reward Schools – which will be determined based on math, reading and English language arts results – will replace the current Title I Distinguished Schools designation and will be announced in September 2012.
Georgia will also identify Alert Schools in three categories: Subgroup Alert Schools, Subject Alert Schools, and Graduation Alert Schools. These Alert Schools will be identified based on a more detailed evaluation of subgroup performance and include non-Title I schools.
College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI)
Georgia will begin using the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) next school year for state accountability purposes. The CCRPI has multiple indicators to determine a school’s performance, rather than using a single test score given at one point in time. A numerical score out of 100% will be given to every school in the state and will be based on the following:
- Weighted average of
- Achievement Gap Closure
- Achievement is the predominant factor
- Exceeding the Bar Indicators (may earn extra points for excellent work)
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