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Test scores show local schools above average
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The Georgia Department of Education released the second College and Career Ready Performance Index on Monday.

The CCRPI is Georgia's statewide accountability system, implemented last year to measure schools and school districts on a 100-point scale.

Dawson County elementary schools saw a drop in scores for the most part, with Riverview Elementary decreasing 0.9 points to 69.1, Black's Mill dropping 3 points to 74.7 and Robinson decreasing 1.3 points to 74.1. Kilough Elementary, however, increased 3.4 points, to 79.3. The state average is 77.8.

Both middle schools are well above the state average, with Dawson County Middle keeping the same 86.4 from last year, while Riverview Middle pulled ahead by 7.1 points over last year, now at 87.3. Both schools are well above the state average of 74.6

Dawson County High School dropped 6.9 points to 74.8, a number that, according to Rick Brown, assistant superintendent of curriculum for Dawson County, was a state-wide trend for high schools this year, with a state average of 71.8.

The scoring system was broken into achievement, at 70 percent, progress and achievement gap, both at 15 percent.

This year, the achievement portion is 60 percent, while progress has been raised to 25 percent of the score, in order to place emphasis on student growth rather than final test scores.

"While we would, ideally, love to have everyone in the 90s, we're still working on that. All of our schools are above the state average, with several schools well above it," Brown said. "We're not where we want to be, but this test is still a new instrument and each year we'll get better."

According to Dawson County School Superintendent Keith Porter, the nature of the scores being a year old has already been taken into account by the school system.

"As with every year, across the system, we had schools with scores that increased and some that decreased, as well as some with negligible changes," Porter said. "Since the data is from last school year and now a year old, we had already analyzed our test score data during the summer and addressed the areas of need with changes implemented throughout this school year."

While the tests are still only two years old, they are a measuring system the state board of education is taking notice of.

"Many people have worked hard to make sure the CCRPI provides the most accurate, effective measure possible of the work schools are doing to prepare students for success," said Georgia State School Superintendent John Barge in a release. "This is an index that is both comprehensive and simple to understand, and it is an important component of our efforts to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for whatever they choose to do, whether that be going to college, joining the military, or immediately beginning a career."