November 2, 2017 – State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced today the release of the 2017 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores. The CCRPI is Georgia's statewide accountability system, implemented in 2012 to replace No Child Left Behind's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance.
Gordon County Schools showed marked increases in its district total, scoring well above the state average and earning one of the highest CCRPI scores when compared to surrounding school districts. All levels – elementary, middle, and high- saw increases in scores over last year, with many of Gordon County’s individual schools seeing remarkable gains in their respective school scores.
Red Bud Elementary School gained 7.3 points over its 2015-16 scores, and Tolbert Elementary School scored an impressive 13 points higher than in the previous year. Of particularly notable interest is the progress that W. L. Swain Elementary has made since 2012, when the first CCRPI scores were published. The scores were at their lowest in 2014 at W. L. Swain when the state issued a score of 62.5, putting W. L. Swain on the Focus Schools list. However, since that time, the scores for W. L. Swain have increased dramatically, with the most recent score coming in at 82.7, the 2nd highest score in the district and nearly 10 points higher than the state average.
Red Bud Middle School saw significant gains in their scores from 2015-16, increasing 9.2 points in 2016-17. Ashworth Middle School increased 1.7 points, and Gordon Central High School improved by 6.1 points over last year’s scores.
Dr. Susan Remillard, Superintendent of Gordon County Schools, provided her comments on the district’s display of achievement, “Gordon County Schools provides an academic culture fostering outstanding student achievement that takes into account high stakes testing but also provides for other measures of a student’s success, which are reflected in CCRPI scores. We are preparing students for college and careers, and we are so proud of the result of the hard work of our students, teachers, and leaders.”