FAQ

What is the purpose of A-F letter grades?

Parents, educators, and community members should be able to quickly and easily understand how their local schools are doing. The A-F scale summarizes a school’s performance in a way that is commonly used and understood. The grade includes state test scores, student academic growth on these tests, graduation rates, and other factors. In addition, the school snapshot reports provide additional school information and the ability to compare schools’ grades.

Why are A-F school letter grades important?

A-F letter grades provide easy-to-understand information about a school. The letter grades help parents, students, educators, and communities understand how their local schools are performing. The increased awareness and clear information will allow educators, parents, and communities to focus improvement efforts on the most critical challenges.

Why is GOSA communicating these A-F letter grades?

GOSA is communicating letter grades so that parents and community members have clear and concise information on how their local schools are performing. This information will encourage parents and community members to understand the strengths and challenges of their local schools and will help focus improvement efforts.

What state accountability system is used as the basis for school grades?

The College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), which is calculated by the Georgia Department of Education and approved by the State Board of Education, serves as the statewide accountability measure for public schools. A school’s CCRPI score is based on state test scores, student growth on these tests, graduation rates, and other factors. For more information on the CCRPI, visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website.

How is the A-F letter grade calculated?

The A-F letter grade is based on the school’s score on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), which is calculated by the Georgia Department of Education. This score ranges from 0 to 110. The letter grade is determined by the following scale:

CCRPI Score
Letter Grade

90.0 and higher
A

80.0 – 89.9
B

70.0 – 79.9
C

60.0 – 69.9
D

Lower than 60.0
F

The CCRPI score is based on state test scores, student growth on these tests, graduation rates, and other factors. More specifically, it includes the following.

Achievement (50 points)

  • Content Mastery on state tests in core subjects (Georgia Milestones). Students in grades 3 through 8 take End-of-Grade (EOG) assessments in each core content area, while high school students take End-of-Course (EOC) assessments for each of the ten courses designated by the State Board of Education.

  • Post High School Readiness (e.g., career pathway completion, ACT/SAT/AP/IB exam performance, world language coursework, writing skills, and attendance)

  • Graduation Rate (four- and five-year graduation rates, with more weight given to the four-year rate) in high school, or a "Predictor for High School Graduation" for elementary and middle schools (an additional, different look at Georgia Milestones EOG performance)

Progress (40 points)

  • The percentage of students earning typical or high growth on state assessments, measured using Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs), which compare a student’s growth with other students with similar past achievement

Achievement Gap (10 points)

  • Based upon a school’s achievement gap size and change in that gap (The gap is the difference between the performance of the school’s lowest-performing 25% of students and the state average performance.)

Challenge Points (10 total points)

  • Exceeding the Bar (ETB) Points

    • Seven to ten items worth 0.5 points each that focus on innovative instructional practices and career-related outcomes
  • ED/EL/SWD Performance Points

    • Points earned for strong performance of economically disadvantaged (ED), students with disabilities (SWD), and English Language Learners (ELL) student performance relative to state targets

Schools receive a CCRPI score for each "grade cluster" served (elementary includes grades K-5, middle includes grades 6-8, and high includes grades 9-12). For schools that include more than one “grade cluster,” the letter grade is based on the school’s single score, which is a weighted average of the “grade cluster” scores taking into account the school’s enrollment in each grade cluster. For example, a school that has students in grades K-8 receives a CCRPI score for elementary (based on grades K-5) and for middle school (based on grades 6-8). The school’s single score is a weighted average of these two scores.

Example: Single Score for Schools Spanning Grade Clusters

Grade Cluster
CCRPI Score
Percent of School’s Total Enrollment

Elementary (K-5)
85.2
67%

Middle (6-8)
74.8
33%

CCRPI Single Score = 85.2(0.67) + 74.8(0.33) = 57.1 + 24.7 = 81.8

In this example, the school’s letter grade would be a B since its single score is 81.8.

For more information on the CCRPI, including a summary of indicators and a detailed calculation guide, visit the Georgia Department of Education Accountability Division’s website.

Is there a way for parents and community members to post or provide feedback on a school?

No, the A-F reports do not have the functionality for parents and community members to post a school review. The goal of the reports is to provide concise, easy-to-understand information on school characteristics and performance. Other websites, such as Great Schools and Google Reviews, provide the opportunity for posting school reviews.

Does my child’s school receive any additional funds or an award if it earns an "A?"

The letter grades are not tied to additional funding.

What should I do if my child’s school earned a low grade?

Schools can improve their letter grades by increasing their CCRPI scores. As a result, it is important to look carefully at the details of your school’s CCRPI score to fully understand what makes up the letter grade. For example, if your child’s school earned a high Progress Score, that may be a strong sign that the school is moving in the right direction, even if the school’s grade is low overall.

The GaDOE Accountability Division has published a CCRPI summary of indicators and a calculation guide that can provide parents and community members with more information on how it is calculated. It is available at this link.

Which schools are assigned letter grades?

Public schools that have CCRPI scores are assigned letter grades. For more information on the CCRPI, visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website.

Are A-F letter grades related to a school’s Priority and Focus status?

No, A-F letter grades are not directly related to Priority and Focus status. However, A-F letter grades and the Priority and Focus lists both use the CCRPI. The A-F letter grades are based on the school’s overall single score within a given year. The Priority list uses only performance on the Content Mastery portion of the CCRPI’s Achievement points and the four-year cohort graduation rate. The Focus list uses only the CCRPI’s Achievement Gap score.

For more information on Priority and Focus status, click here.

How are the A-F reports different from GOSA’s Report Card?

Parents, educators, and community members should be able to understand quickly and easily how their local schools are doing. The A-F scale summarizes a school’s performance in a way that is commonly used and understood. The grade includes state test scores, student growth on these tests, graduation rates, and other factors.

The A-F reports are designed to provide easy access to information about the performance of a school by gathering information from multiple sources onto one single report. In addition, the school snapshot reports provide additional school information and the ability to compare schools’ grades.

GOSA’s Report Card provides yearly information on all public education agencies, including K-12 schools, pre-Kindergarten, and public colleges and universities. While this information can be useful to parents, researchers are the primary users of this information.

Some information presented on the A-F school reports, such as information on student enrollment, race/ethnicity, and subgroups (free/reduced-price lunch, students with disability, and limited English proficient), is from GOSA’s Report Card. Other information, such as the CCRPI score, performance on state tests, grade-level reading, and college enrollment, is from the GaDOE’s CCRPI reports.

A school’s performance on state tests is pulled from the CCRPI reports, not GOSA’s Report Card. The CCPRI counts only students who were enrolled in the school for the "full academic year" (FAY), which is defined as at least 65% of the school year (or, in the case of a high school block schedule, 65% of the course days). GOSA’s Report Card, on the other hand, presents results for all students tested in the school, regardless of how long they were enrolled. As a result, the assessment results on GOSA’s report card may not match the assessment results on the A-F reports.

For more details on the information provided on the school reports, click here.

For more details on the information included on the Report Card, click here.

Which students are included in the A-F school grades for each school?

The A-F school grades, as with the CCRPI, include only students who are present for a "full academic year" (FAY). Elementary and middle school students are considered FAY if they are enrolled for most of the school year (at least 65%). High school students are considered FAY if they are enrolled for at least 65% of the number of days for the course for which they take the state assessment.

Do the letter grades take into account the characteristics of the students at the school, such as their poverty level?

The letter grades are based on the CCRPI, which awards up to ten bonus points (Challenge points) based on the performance of economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners.

Do other states utilize this type of grading system?

Yes, seventeen other states utilize letter grades to communicate school performance to parents and community members, including Ohio, Florida, Tennessee, Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Arizona, and West Virginia.

Where can I find more details on the data that is included in the A-F reports?

All information related to a school’s outcomes and performance, including the CCRPI score, performance on state tests, grade-level reading, graduation rate, college readiness, and accelerated course-taking, is pulled from the GaDOE’s CCRPI reports.

Information on student enrollment, race/ethnicity, and subgroups (free/reduced-price lunch, students with disability, and limited English proficient) is from GOSA’s Report Card.

The website on the school reports is the school district’s website, and the school’s contact information is from the Georgia Department of Education.

The letter grades and school designations are calculated and assigned by GOSA.

GOSA has created a variable description page, available at this link, that defines all the variables included in the reports. In addition, each online school report has a question mark icon next to the data that provides a pop-up window with the definition.

My school spans multiple grade clusters. Can my school receive a separate letter grade for each grade cluster?

No, for schools that span grade clusters, the A-F letter grade is based on a school’s CCRPI Single Score, which is a weighted average of each grade cluster’s score based on enrollment in each grade cluster. For schools that span grade clusters, assigning a letter grade to each grade cluster prior to the CCRPI Single Score calculation would not allow for weighting based on enrollment.

Whom do I contact if I see incorrect information?

Please send an email to gosa@georgia.gov that clearly describes the incorrect information and includes the correct information, and GOSA will make the corrections after confirming with appropriate GaDOE or school district personnel. To speed up the update process, if possible, please include a website link from an official school or district website with corrected information and/or the contact information for a school or district official who would be authorized to confirm the corrected information.

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