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Gainesville, Hall schools show improvement on College and Career Ready Performance Index test

Gainesville and Hall County schools are showing mostly improved scores on this year’s College and Career Ready Performance Index.

Officials cautioned that CCRPI calculations change each year, which can limit the use of true year-to-year comparisons. But the positive trends in performance were worth noticing.

“The hard work and focus on instruction continues to pay off,” Gainesville City School System Superintendent Jeremy Williams said.

Scores improved at elementary, middle and high school levels in Gainesville, with an overall 72.2 score for the district, marking a 4.1-point jump from last year.

What it measures

The College and Career Ready Performance Index is Georgia’s annual tool for measuring how well schools are preparing students for the next educational level.

The CCRPI includes four main components: achievement, progress, achievement gap and challenge points. Scores are based on a scale of 0 to 100. The CCRPI also reports other information, such as the performance of student subgroups, school climate and financial efficiency status.

Combined elementary scores increased 3.4 points; middle school scores increased 4.5; and high school scores increased 5.4 points.

Gains were also made in the percentage of students reading on grade level at the fifth, eighth and high school grade levels.

“While we are proud of each and every school, the improvement by Fair Street is phenomenal,” Williams said.

The elementary school was tied for the highest “Exceeding the Bar” points along with Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy.

Hall County Schools had a combined score of 73.6.

Superintendent Will Schofield said the scores show the potential for lower-performing students to make great gains in a short time.

Elementary school scores ticked up to 70.3 from 68; middle school scores remained right in line with state averages at 72.9; and high school scores are above state averages at 77.6.

“We continue to remain just below the state with our elementary programs, while our high school students continue to outperform,” Schofield said. “Regardless of our high poverty and high percentages of English language learners, if we can keep students in our system, they do extremely well.”