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Hall educators prepare for ‘wild swings’ in school, district report cards

POSTED: January 13, 2014 11:52 p.m.

Schools across Georgia may be asking for extra credit when the state releases their annual scores in the coming weeks.

Hall County School District Superintendent Will Schofield warned school board members Monday that changes in how the College and Career Ready Performance Index is calculated could lead to schools and districts receiving drastically lower scores than last year, even as graduation and test score rates have increased.

“At first, we were very supportive of that concept,” Schofield said about the changes in how the index is calculated. “What we’ve morphed into, as the federal government has had a finger in this in terms of approving it, is taking the same one test that we’ve always taken in the past, cutting it up in 15 different ways that it was never designed to be cut and coming up with a score.”

The index, which gives a number grade to individual schools and districts, was first released last year. It’s largely based on results from the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.

“In talking with a number of our (neighboring counties), we’re starting to have some real concerns that we’re going to see some wild swings in these scores in spite of the fact that test scores have remained very stable,” Schofield said. He, along with representatives from other area schools, plans to meet with state officials Wednesday to speak about the changes.

The 2013 results were scheduled to come out over the next two weeks, but according to Schofield, scores won’t be released until February.


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