Students in Cobb Schools are more proficient, are progressing faster, and are demonstrating college-readiness at a higher rate than their peers across the state of Georgia. That’s what the results show in the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) for the 2018-2019 school year. Cobb Schools scored 86.1 out of a possible 100 points on the CCRPI, which is 10.2 points higher than the 75.9 posted by Cobb’s Georgia peers.
The Georgia Department of Education uses the CCRPI to rate schools and school systems, like a report card. Not only did Cobb Schools increase their grade by 6.5 points over the prior year, but the district’s increase also surpassed the state’s growth of less than 1 point.
“The success of Cobb students on the CCRPI is not limited to one level or one area. Although we believe there are significant opportunities to better reflect what students know, CCRPI scores show students across the District and across all grade levels are finding success,” said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “Our teachers deserve credit for the growth their students demonstrated because they are using better student data to tailor instruction to meet the needs of each student.”
Cobb students outperformed their Georgia peers at every level—elementary, middle, and high—on all components. In fact, Cobb high school students demonstrated content mastery at a rate of 17.3 points higher than students across the state. Middle school and elementary students were also more proficient than their Georgia peers by 13.9 points for middle and 8.7 points for elementary.
The highest-scoring elementary schools include Timber Ridge Elementary, with a near-perfect score of 99.3; Mountain View Elementary School (98.6), and Murdock Elementary School (96.4).
Mountain View Elementary students posted 100s for content mastery, progress, and closing the gap. Content mastery of 100% means all students tested are proficient, and progress means the students are demonstrating academic growth from year-to-year. The closing the gap score explains how the school helps members of subgroups improve from one year to the next.
“Every day, our students learn through the highest quality instruction provided by our world-class teachers. Lessons are planned to engage, involve, and enrich every child. Each morning, enrichment and acceleration occur in every classroom, at every grade level, with every single student in our building. We aim to not only meet, but exceed, our own expectations for achievement, growth, and acceleration,” explained Dr. Renee Garriss, Mountain View principal.
With scores of 96.4 and 95.9 respectively, Hightower Trail Middle School and Simpson Middle School returned the highest grades for middle schools. The combined score for all middle schools is 14.1 points above the state.
Harrison High School and Walton High School tied for first at the high school level with a score of 96.3. Lassiter High School’s score of 96.2 almost made it a three-way tie. Overall, Cobb high schools surpassed the state score by 10.2 points.
“Thank you to our faculty and staff for maintaining a strong academic culture at Harrison and to our students for keeping their learning at the forefront while also balancing other parts of their high school experience,” said Harrison principal Ashlynn Campbell. “Thank you as well to our parents and to our feeder schools for helping prepare our students.”
Twenty-seven Cobb schools earned scores above 90, and twenty-one schools increased their success on the CCRPI by more than ten points.
Green Acres Elementary School scored 21.9 points higher than the prior year, and Kincaid Elementary School was a close second with a 21.4-point growth.
Daniell Middle School saw a jump of 20.3 points, followed by a 15.6 point and a 14.6 point increase at East Cobb Middle School and Garrett Middle School.
“The administrative team, faculty, and staff share a belief that all students can achieve academic success,” explained Principal Kristie Brown. “The teachers are committed to implementing common assessments, and during their collaborative meetings, they analyze data to select instructional strategies and create relevant learning experiences. Teachers are intentional in using the intervention period to meet the needs of the varied learning levels represented in their classroom.”
The following high schools saw the most growth: McEachern High School (6.3), South Cobb High School (5.1), and Kennesaw Mountain High School (5.0).
The success of Cobb Schools on the CCRPI is no surprise. A large percentage of the CCRPI calculation is based on how students fared on the Georgia Milestones. Cobb students outpaced their Georgia peers on the Georgia Milestones, including their metro Atlanta peers.
Another component of the CCRPI score for high schools is the graduation rate—an additional example where Cobb students bested the state and demonstrated increased success.
“Once again, the community has confirmation that our children are in good hands. Our schools and our teachers stand above the rest and are equipped with the skills and tools needed to properly assess students and then help them reach the next academic milestone,” said Board Vice-Chair Brad Wheeler.
Recognizing that yearly standardized tests do not always tell the story of each child, Cobb Schools began developing the Cobb Teaching and Learning System (CTLS) more than five years ago. CTLS provides teachers with instant feedback on what their students know and what they do not know so the teachers have the opportunity throughout the year to align instruction with the individual student’s needs. The student-focused assessment has the capability to replace Georgia Milestones and overhaul the CCRPI accountability system.
“We look forward to the work being led at the state level to first refine standards, then build a state assessment and accountability system that will tell teachers more about what their students know and parents more about how our schools are doing. That’s how we use the Cobb Teaching and Learning System (CTLS) and the data proves our system is working,” said Superintendent Ragsdale.