by Bernie O'Donnell, 13WMAZ.com
- State moved to new scoring standard for school after opting out of AYP requirements with 'No Child Left Behind' exemption.
- The state average for elementary schools is 83.4; the middle school average is 81.4; and high school average is 72.6.
- The number of Central Georgia systems that beat the state averages: elementary - six; middle - eight; high school - seven.
Houston County has some of the best-performing schools in Central Georgia.
Most Bibb County schools aren't making the grade.
And some schools in Bleckley, Laurens, Washington and Jones counties drew some of the best grades when the state Department of Education released the report card for every state school.
The College and Career Ready Performance Index replaces the federal standard used until now, called Adequate Yearly Progress.
Last year, Georgia asked for a waiver from the federal standard to set up their own system.
The state's new ratings uses dozens of test scores and other numbers for each school to measure each school's achievement, whether they're making progress and how well they bridge what they call "the achievement gap."
All that rolls into a single grade, from zero to 100, just like a student's test score.
Under that system, Houston County graded out best.
Nearly half of the district's schools got scores in the 90s.
And the Lake Joy, Quail Run, Perry Primary and Perdue Primary schools were the four top-rated schools in Central Georgia.
Some other Grade-A schools, according to the state: Bleckley County's primary and elementary schools, the East Laurens Primary, Washington County's Ridge Road Primary and the Dames Ferry Elementary School in Jones County.
Two Bibb County elementary schools also scored in the 90s: Alexander II and Springdale.
BEST PERFORMING DISTRICTS:
- Bleckley elementary schools (95.1) and middle schools (88.1)
- Putnam elementary schools (92.7) and middle schools (90)
- Houston elementary schools (89.6) and middle schools (88.2)
- Monroe elementary schools (86.1), middle schools (87.6) and high schools (77.2)
- Jones elementary schools (84.1)
- Telfair high schools (80.6)
The rest of the Bibb school district didn't fare so well.
Nearly two-thirds of Bibb's schools scored below 70 -- basically a failing grade.
All of the district's high schools and five of the seven middle schools missed that cutoff.
In a statement, the Bibb district says they're studying the new numbers, and plan to use them as a tool to improve schools.
The Georgia Department of Education said the average score for Georgia's elementary schools is 83.4; middle schools is 81.4 and high schools is 72.6.
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Central Ga Schools Score on CCRPI