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Hall, Gainesville see small improvement overall on this measure of student success
World Language Academy students make their way down the hallway. - photo by Scott Rogers

Every year Gainesville City and Hall County Schools receive feedback from tests gauging how students and schools are performing.

With the College and Career Ready Performance Index — released by the Georgia Department of Education on Friday, Oct. 25 — Gainesville and Hall get an idea of how well the districts are preparing students for the next educational level. 

Both systems experienced small jumps in their overall performance scores. 

The CCRPI scores are calculated on a 100-point scale and based on five main components — content mastery, progress, closing gaps, readiness and, for high schools, graduation rate. 

Like last year, the 2019 report had the Closing Gaps addition to reward schools for making progress with student subgroups like English learners, economically disadvantaged and students with disabilities. 

Gainesville’s overall CCRPI score came out at 69.2, increasing 7.7 points from last year. The elementary schools received a 70.4, middle school got a 61.7 and high school earned a 73.2. All of the scores jumped up a little from last year. 

Hall had an overall CCRPI score of 72.4, bumping up a tiny bit from last year’s 71.6. The score for the district’s elementary schools came out to 72, middle schools got a 70.1 and high schools received a 73.3. While the overall elementary and high school scores increased, the middle school score dropped by 1.5.

“More schools went up than down,” Kevin Bales, Hall’s assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, said. “We pay attention to those numbers and fluctuations. We’re always glad to see a little bit of improvement.”

In the report, Gainesville showed the highest percentage of English learners in the state at 42.5%, followed by Hall in second place at 28.3%. 

“To have those results with our students, we’re encouraged,” said Gainesville superintendent Jeremy Williams. “We have students overcoming many factors in their lives. For us (both Gainesville and Hall) to perform at those levels shows something about the quality of instruction going on.”

According to the report, 100% of the 8,452 enrolled students in the Gainesville district are considered economically disadvantaged and 9.6% of students have disabilities.  

Jeremy Williams, Gainesville superintendent, said the school system participates in the Provision 2 Breakfast and Lunch program, which provides free breakfast and lunch to students, factored into the economically disadvantaged score.

The CCRPI reported that 54.1% of Hall’s 28,732 student population are economically disadvantaged and 14.1% students have disabilities. 

Williams said Gainesville’s biggest area of improvement was in the Closing Gaps component. Although Fair Street International dropped from 22.7 to 6.8, most of the other schools showed vast improvement, including Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy with its jump from 23.1 to 85.7.

“We were all disappointed in Fair Street’s drop, but we feel that overall the literacy grant efforts are really starting to show,” Williams said. 

To view the 2019 and 2018 CCRPI scores on state, district and school levels, visit