MCSD talks about how they plan to raise their "C" grade - WRBL

MCSD talks about how they plan to raise their "C" grade

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The Muscogee County School District earned a "C" on its new report card from the state. On Tuesday, the Georgia Department of Education released the numbers which measures student learning.

The College and Career Ready Performance Index, or CCRPI, measures school districts on a 100-point scale. Schools can get 70 points for standardized test scores, actual graduation rates or graduation rate predictor. Fifteen points go towards progress on those tests while the last 15 looks at how fast the achievement gap is closing.

Overall, MCSD district-wide averages showed elementary and middle schools scored below the state. The average for elementary schools in MCSD stands at 70.1 points while the state averages 83.4. Middle schools in Muscogee County average 70.9 and Georgia sits at 81.4. High schools in the area averaged the same as the state though at 72.6 points.

Roni Collins. The district's Chief of Teaching and Learning, said analyzing the new numbers will be helpful when making strategic plans for the future. But said it's important to note the grade uses test scores from one year ago. "We're going to look at it and drill down to the data and make decisions about exactly why."

Collins said the district has a lot of work to do to bring up its scores. "We're doing good things, but it's time to do things differently because our students are changing."

In light of a recent academic audit, Collins said teachers have begun learning more strategies on how to use technology to close the achievement gap with disabled students.

They're also learning how to teach the same standards to different children. "You may be more hands-on, I may be auditory…Valerie may be visual. So what are we doing to differentiate our instructions so all three of us learn?" Collins questioned.

Edgewood Elementary and Marshall Middle schools, which could be shut down by the district, did not score the lowest in their categories. Edgewood averaged a 73.6 while Forrest Road Elementary took the lowest score at 43.8. Marshall received a 55 while Baker Middle School got a 52.

Collins said the scores are a separate issue than the closing and that the student body make-up impacts the score.

The state will release a new index report in November, with test scores from the current school year.

 

 

Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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