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Hall, Gainesville middle and high schools rank above average on state scores
Elementary schools scored below standard on CCRPI rankings
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Hall County and Gainesville middle and high schools scored above the state average while elementary schools scored below in the fourth College and Career Readiness Performance Index, which was released Tuesday morning.

The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system, implemented in 2012. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance.

Elementary school scores

• State: 76
• Gainesville: 68.3
• Hall: 67.9

Middle school scores

• State: 71.2
• Gainesville: 72.5
• Hall: 80.1

High school scores

• State: 75.8
• Gainesville: 77
• Hall: 80.9

The state Department of Education said, in a press release, that “a direct comparison between 2014 and 2015 CCRPI scores is not possible” because of changes to the way CCRPI is calculated.

Kevin Bales, director for middle and secondary education for Hall County, said “we’re all smiles” about the high school and middle school scores.

Bales admitted the county has some work to do with some of its elementary schools.

“It’s concerning,” he said about the district’s average elementary score, which is down “a little over five points” from 2014, but the state average is “up a little bit.”

Wanda Creel, Gainesville superintendent, said the city schools are “really celebrating” the scores at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, Gainesville Middle School and Gainesville High School.

Bales said the CCRPI is based on the Georgia Milestones test, which has four levels — beginning, developing, proficient and distinguished learners. The former CRCT test was more a “you passed or you didn’t.”

He said the county schools have a sizable group of students who “passed” the CRCT but are “developing learners” by the Milestone standards.

“We need to move more kids from ‘developing learners’ to ‘proficient learners,’” he said. “We ought to be performing a little better at some of our elementary schools.”

Creel said the test results showed “significant growth in our students” during the year.

She noted the city system has had test information since last fall, and administrators and teachers have had “very focused conversations about individual students” during the year.

Creel also pointed out the city system is the “highest district” in the state for percentage of “English language learners” at 29.8 percent.

An emphasis at the nontraditional Wood’s Mill High School, which had a 44.6 score, has been content mastery, a press release from the city schools, said. The school district provides additional support to the school, the release said.

The other school with low test results — Fair Street School, which scored 50.9 — has focused on “teacher professional development and alignment of the curriculum,” the release said.

“We anticipate that these areas of focus will significantly impact scores for 2016 (at Fair Street),” the release said.

Creel also said the 2016 Milestones tests were given again in April and those results are expected before the end of May.

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