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Explanation of Information Presented in the School Letter Grade Reports

This page provides an explanation of the information presented in the school letter grade reports. Most of this information comes directly from the Georgia Department of Education’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

School Address and Phone Number

The physical address and phone number for the school is listed, if available. When possible, GOSA checked these addresses against the school's website. When a significant difference exists, the information from the school's website is used.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Website

The district website is listed.

Source: Google search

Grade Levels

The grade levels served by the school as identified in the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) for the most current year available are listed.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Enrollment

This indicator is the number of students enrolled in the school during the October Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) count for the most current year available.

Source: GOSA’s Report Card

School Awards

If a school wins a Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS) award, it will appear next to the trophy. Schools can win awards in two categories: Greatest Gains and Highest Performing. Each award category has four tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

For more information on these awards, click here.

Source: GOSA’s SSAS Awards

Text about Single Score Performance

This text provides information on the percentage of schools that have a CCRPI score lower than the school’s CCRPI score in the most current year available.

If more than one school in the district received a CCRPI score, the text provides information on relative performance to the district. The school’s score is “higher” if it is more than 2 points higher than the district score. It is “lower” if it is more than 2 points lower than the district score. It is “similar to” if the school’s score is within 2 points of the district score.

Source: GOSA’s calculations based on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Text about Students’ Academic Growth

The percentage of students earning typical or high growth on state assessments who were enrolled for at least two-thirds of the course or year Full Academic Year (FAY). This percentage is calculated from Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs), which compare a student’s growth with other students with similar past achievement.

If more than one school in the district received a Progress score for that grade cluster, the text provides information on relative performance to the district. The school’s score is “higher” if it is more than 1 point higher than the district score. It is “lower” if it is more than 1 point lower than the district score. It is “similar to” if the school’s score is within 1 point of the district score.

For more information on SGPs, click here.

Source: GOSA’s calculations based on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Text about 3rd Grade Lexile Performance

This text provides information on the percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) 3rd grade students who are reading at or above the grade level target in the most current year available. Students are considered FAY if they are enrolled for at least 65% of the school year. Lexile scores are derived from the state assessment for English.

For more information on Lexile Scores, click here.

Source: Elementary achievement indicator #7 from the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Text about 5th Grade Lexile Performance

This text provides information on the percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) 5th grade students who are reading at or above the grade level target in the most current year available. Students are considered FAY if they are enrolled for at least 65% of the school year. Lexile scores are derived from the state assessment for English.

For more information on Lexile Scores, click here.

Source: Elementary achievement indicator #8 from the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Text about 8th Grade Lexile Performance

This text provides information on the percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) 8th grade students who are reading at or above the grade level target in the most current year available. Students are considered FAY if they are enrolled for at least 65% of the school year. Lexile scores are derived from the state assessment for English.

For more information on Lexile Scores, click here.

Source: Middle school achievement indicator #7 from the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Text about Graduation Rate Performance

This text provides information on the percentage of students who graduate high school in four years. It also provides information on the percentage of schools that have a graduation rate that is lower than the school’s rate in the most current year available.

For more information on how this rate is calculated, click here.

Source: High school achievement indicator #17 from the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Text about Beating the Odds

A school that is “beating the odds” has a CCRPI score that is higher than would be predicted based on its school characteristics, such as the make-up of the student body, grades served, and enrollment.

For more information on Beating the Odds, click here.

Source: Calculation by GOSA and the Georgia Department of Education

Letter Grade

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 conversion is as follows:

90.0 and higher
A

80.0 - 89.9
B

70.0 - 79.9
C

60.0 - 69.9
D

Lower than 60
F

If a school did not receive a CCRPI score, it will not receive a letter grade for that year. In many cases, schools that do not receive a CCRPI score because of limited available data.

Source: GOSA’s calculations based on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

CCRPI Single Score

The overall CCRPI score (Single Score) for the school. Each year, the Georgia Department of Education produces the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) for schools and districts. The total possible CCRPI score is 110 points (100 points and 10 Challenge Points). The index includes the following components:

Component
Possible Points

Achievement
50

Progress
40

Achievement Gap
10

Challenge
10

Total
110

If a school is missing one of these components, the CCRPI is calculated based on the components that are available. The CCRPI score is based on standardized test scores, student growth on these tests, graduation rates, and other factors. For more information on the CCRPI, including a calculation guide, visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website.

For most schools, the Single Score is the same as the elementary, middle, or high school CCRPI score. For schools that span “grade clusters,” this score is based on the weighted average of the “grade cluster” scores based on enrollment. For the purposes of the CCRPI, the elementary grade cluster measures grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. The middle school grade cluster measures grades 6 through 8, and the high school grade cluster includes grades 9 through 12. 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 based on enrollment.

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

Source: Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Student Mobility Rate

The number of times students enroll and withdraw during the school year divided by the number of students in the school on the Georgia Department of Education’s fall count date. (Students who withdraw and reenter the same school within seven days are not counted as mobile.)

For more information on student mobility, click here.

Source: GOSA’s calculations based on data from the Georgia Department of Education

School Climate Star Rating

The School Climate Star Rating, calculated by the Georgia Department of Education, is based on a scale of one to five stars. A rating of one star indicates a low school climate score, and a rating of five stars indicates a high school climate score. The rating is based on the following components:

  • Climate survey responses from students, parents, and teachers/staff;
  • Student discipline;
  • Safe and substance-free learning environment;
  • Student, teacher, administrator, and staff attendance; and
  • Other factors.

For more information on the rating, click here.

To read GOSA’s e-bulletin on the rating, click here.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Financial Efficiency Star Rating

The Financial Efficiency Star Rating (FESR), calculated by the Georgia Department of Education and GOSA, is a comparison of spending per student with overall academic performance. The FESR is based on a scale of one-half to five stars. The rating is based on the three-year average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score and the three-year average per pupil expenditure (PPE).

For more information on the rating, click here.

Source: Georgia Department of Education and GOSA

Per Pupil Expenditures

Per pupil expenditures measure the amount of money spent per student in a school. The total dollar amount (as measured by the Financial Efficiency Star Rating) is divided by the total number of students enrolled in the school. Transportation, school meals, facilities, debt service, and non-K-12 expenditures are not included in this measure. The “district” PPE for state charter schools represents the PPE of the attendance zone.

For more information on the calculation, click here.

Source: Georgia Department of Education and GOSA

Race/Ethnicity

The percentage of students who are in certain subgroups in the most current year available.

The racial/ethnic subgroups are: Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, Multi-racial, Native American, and White. This information is populated by two fields: one for race (Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, Multi-racial, Native American, and White) and one for ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). If a student is Hispanic, he/she is classified as Hispanic regardless of his/her listed race. This percentage is based on the Georgia Department of Education’s October Full-Time Equivalency (FTE) count divided by the total enrollment from the Fall FTE count.

Source: GOSA’s Report Card, as reported by the Georgia Department of Education

Free/Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL)

The FRL percentage represents the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. This percentage often serves as a proxy for poverty. In the Report Card, this category is called “economically disadvantaged.” This percentage is calculated by dividing the number of students eligible to receive free or reduced-priced meals (as reported to the Georgia Department of Education in October Nutrition Count) by the total school enrollment (as reported by the October FTE count).

Note that beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, schools that utilize the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) may count all students as FRL if the school or district meets certain criteria. The percentage FRL is 100% for CEP schools, even though not all of those students may individually qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

Click here to read GOSA’s e-bulletin on CEP and FRL.

Source: GOSA’s Report Card, as reported by the Georgia Department of Education

Students with Disability

The percentage of students with disabilities is based on the December FTE count divided by the total enrollment from the October FTE count. These students must also be enrolled during the October FTE count. The December FTE has been declared the official count of students with disabilities.

Source: GOSA’s Report Card, as reported by the Georgia Department of Education

Limited English Proficient

The percentage of students who are Limited English Proficient is based on the GaDOE Student Record data collection. GaDOE calculates this percentage from the count of students identified as English Learners divided by the count of students identified at that school anytime during the academic year, according to the Student Record.

Source: GOSA’s Report Card, as reported by the Georgia Department of Education

Elementary Schools

CCRPI Score

The CCRPI score for the elementary schools or elementary grades (K-5) in a school that spans grade clusters is displayed. For schools that do not span grade clusters, this is the same score as the Single Score described above.

Source: Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Achievement

The number of Achievement points the elementary school or the elementary grades (K-5) in a school received is displayed out of 50 possible points. Achievement points measure:

  • Content Mastery:

    • This category captures the percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) students who are in the developing learner, proficient learner, and distinguished learner performance levels for each Georgia Milestones subject. For CCRPI purposes, each developing learner counts as 0.5 student, each proficient learner counts as 1 student, and each distinguished learner counts as 1.5 students.
  • Post Elementary School Readiness:

    • Performance of English Language Learners

    • Percentage of Students with Disability who are served in general education environments more than 80% of the school day

    • Percentage of FAY 3rd and 5th graders reading at or above the grade level target

    • Percentage of students completing career awareness lessons

    • Student attendance

  • Predictor for High School Graduation

    • Percentage of FAY students scoring as proficient or distinguished learners on Georgia Milestones assessments

Source: Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Progress

Progress points measure the percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) elementary school students earning typical or high growth on state assessments. This percentage is derived from Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs), which compare a student’s growth with other students with similar past achievement. This score is out of 40 possible points.

For more information on SGPs, click here.

Source:Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Achievement Gap

Achievement Gap points are based upon the schools’ achievement gap size and change in that gap. The gap is measured between the schools’ bottom 25% of students and the state average. This score is out of ten possible points.

Source:Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Challenge

A school can receive a maximum of ten Challenge points. Challenge points are the sum of the following:

  • Exceeding the Bar (ETB) Points

    • Seven to ten items, worth 0.5 points each, that focus on innovative practices and career-related outcomes. Only the top 5% in each category qualify, with the exception of the 0.5 points awarded for innovative practices.
  • ED/EL/SWD Performance Points

    • Based upon subgroup performance of economically disadvantaged (ED), students with disabilities (SWD), and English Language Learners (ELL) student performance relative to state targets. Possible points are proportional to the percentage of students a school has in each subgroup.

Source: Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

English: Percent of students scoring in each performance level on Georgia Milestones for elementary grades

The percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) elementary students who score in each performance level on the state standardized assessment for English.

Source: For more information on the performance levels, click here.

Source: Elementary achievement indicator #1 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Mathematics: Percent of students scoring in each performance level on Georgia Milestones for elementary grades

The percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) elementary students who score in each performance level on the state standardized assessment for mathematics.

For more information on the performance levels, click here.

Source: Elementary achievement indicator #2 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Science: Percent of students scoring in each performance level on Georgia Milestones for elementary grades

The percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) elementary students who score in each performance level on the state standardized assessment for science.

For more information on the performance levels, click here.

Source: Elementary achievement indicator #3 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Social Studies: Percent of students scoring in each performance level on Georgia Milestones for elementary grades

The percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) elementary students who score in each performance level on the state standardized assessment for social studies.

For more information on the performance levels, click here.

Source: Elementary achievement indicator #4 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Reading at or above the Grade Level Target (3rd Grade)

This measures the percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) students in grade 3 achieving Lexile measure equal to or greater than 650 on the reading portion of the English assessment, which is considered to be the grade level target.

Source: Elementary achievement indicator #7 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Reading at or above the Grade Level Target (5th Grade)

This measures the percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) students in grade 5 achieving Lexile measure equal to or greater than 850 on the reading portion of the English assessment, which is considered to be the grade level target.

Source: Elementary achievement indicator #8 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Middle Schools

CCRPI Score

The CCRPI score for the middle schools or middle school grades (6-8) in a school that spans grade clusters is displayed. For schools that do not span grade clusters, this is the same score as the Single Score described above.

Source: Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Achievement

The number of Achievement points the middle school or the middle school grades (6-8) in a school received is displayed out of 50 possible points. Achievement points measure:

  • Content Mastery:

    • This category captures the percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) students who are in the developing learner, proficient learner, and distinguished learner performance levels for each Georgia Milestones subject. For CCRPI purposes, each developing learner counts as 0.5 student, each proficient learner counts as 1 student, and each distinguished learner counts as 1.5 students.
  • Post Middle School Readiness:

    • Performance of English Language Learners

    • Percentage of Students with Disability who are served in general education environments more than 80% of the school day

    • Percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) 8th graders reading at or above the grade level target

    • Percentage of students completing 2 or more state defined career related assessments/inventories and a state defined Individual Graduation Plan by the end of grade 8

    • Student attendance

  • Predictor for High School Graduation

    • Percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) students scoring as proficient or distinguished learners on Georgia Milestones assessments

Source: Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Progress

Progress points measure the percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) middle school students earning typical or high growth on state assessments. This percentage is derived from Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs), which compare a student’s growth with other students with similar past achievement. This score is out of 40 possible points.

For more information on SGPs, click here.

Source: Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Achievement Gap

Achievement Gap points are based upon the schools’ achievement gap size and change in that gap. The gap is measured between the schools’ bottom 25% of students and the state average. This score is out of ten possible points.

Source: Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Challenge

A school can receive a maximum of ten Challenge points. Challenge points are the sum of the following:

  • Exceeding the Bar (ETB) Points

    • Seven to ten items, worth 0.5 points each, that focus on innovative practices and career-related outcomes. Only the top 5% in each category qualify, with the exception of the 0.5 points awarded for innovative practices.
  • ED/EL/SWD Performance Points

    • Based upon subgroup performance of economically disadvantaged (ED), students with disabilities (SWD), and English Language Learners (ELL) student performance relative to state targets. Possible points are proportional to the percentage of students a school has in each subgroup.

Source: Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

English: Percent of students scoring in each performance level on Georgia Milestones for middle school grades

The percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) middle school students who score in each performance level on the state standardized assessment for English.

For more information on the performance levels, click here.

Source: Middle school achievement indicator #1 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Mathematics: Percent of students scoring in each performance level on Georgia Milestones for middle school grades

The percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) middle school students who score in each performance level on the state standardized assessment for mathematics. Middle school students enrolled in a mathematics course assessed by the End of Course (EOC) test are included in these numbers.

For more information on the performance levels, click here.

Source: Middle school achievement indicator #2 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Science: Percent of students scoring in each performance level on Georgia Milestones for middle school grades

The percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) middle school students who score in each performance level on the state standardized assessment for science. Middle school students enrolled in a mathematics course assessed by the End of Course (EOC) test are included in these numbers.

For more information on the performance levels, click here.

Source: Middle school achievement indicator #3 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Social Studies: Percent of students scoring in each performance level on Georgia Milestones for middle school grades

The percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) middle school students who score in each performance level on the state standardized assessment for social studies.

For more information on the performance levels, click here.

Source: Middle school achievement indicator #4 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Reading at or above the Grade Level Target (8th Grade)

This measures the percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) students in grade 8 achieving Lexile measure equal to or greater than 1050 on the reading portion of the English assessment, which is considered to be the grade level target.

Source: Middle school achievement indicator #7 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

High Schools

CCRPI Score

The CCRPI score for the high schools or high school grades (9-12) in a school that spans grade clusters. For schools that do not span grade clusters, this is the same score as the Single Score described above.

Source: Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Achievement

The number of Achievement points the high school or the high school grades (9-12) in a school received is displayed out of 50 possible points. Achievement points measure:

  • Content Mastery:

    • This category captures the percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) students who are in the developing learner, proficient learner, and distinguished learner performance levels for each Georgia Milestones subject. For CCRPI purposes, each developing learners count as 0.5 student, each proficient learner counts as 1 student, and each distinguished learner counts as 1.5 students.
  • Post High School Readiness:

    • Percent of graduates entering TCSG/USG not requiring remediation or learning support courses; or scoring program ready on the Compass; or scoring at least 22 out of 36 on the composite ACT; or scoring at least 1550 out of 2400 on the combined SAT; or scoring 3 or higher on two or more AP exams; or scoring 4 or higher on two or more IB exams

    • Percent of graduates earning high school credit(s) for accelerated enrollment via ACCEL, Dual HOPE Grant, Move On When Ready, Early College, Gateway to College, Advanced Placement courses, or International Baccalaureate courses

    • Percent of Full Academic Year (FAY) students achieving a Lexile measure greater than or equal to 1275 on the American Literature assessment

    • Percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) students scoring as proficient or distinguished learners on Georgia Milestones assessments

    • Student attendance

  • Graduation Rate

    • Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate

    • Five-Year Extended Cohort Graduation Rate

Source: Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Progress

Progress points measure the percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) high school students earning typical or high growth on state assessments. This percentage is derived from Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs), which compare a student’s growth with other students with similar past achievement. This score is out of 40 possible points.

For more information on SGPs, click here.

Source: Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Achievement Gap

Achievement Gap points are based upon the schools’ achievement gap size and change in that gap. The gap is measured between the schools’ bottom 25% of students and the state average. This score is out of ten possible points.

Source: Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Challenge

A school can receive a maximum of ten Challenge points. Challenge points are the sum of the following:

  • Exceeding the Bar (ETB) Points

    • Seven to ten items, worth 0.5 points each, that focus on innovative practices and career-related outcomes. Only the top 5% in each category qualify, with the exception of the 0.5 points awarded for innovative practices.
  • ED/EL/SWD Performance Points

    • Based upon subgroup performance of economically disadvantaged (ED), students with disabilities (SWD), and English Language Learners (ELL) student performance relative to state targets. Possible points are proportional to the percentage of students a school has in each subgroup.

Source: Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

American Literature & Composition: Percent of students in each performance level on Georgia Milestones

The percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) high school students who score in each performance level on the state standardized assessment for American Literature and Composition. Students may have taken the assessment during the current school year or as part of an accelerated 8th grade course last year. Students with disabilities who take the Georgia Alternative Assessment are included.

For more information on the performance levels, click here.

Source: High school achievement indicator #2 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Coordinate Algebra/Algebra I: Percent of students in each performance level on Georgia Milestones

The percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) high school students who score in each performance level on the state standardized assessment for Coordinate Algebra/Algebra I. Students may have taken the assessment during the current school year or as part of an accelerated 8th grade course last year.

For more information on the performance levels, click here.

Source: High school achievement indicator #3 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Biology: Percent of students in each performance level on Georgia Milestones

The percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) high school students who score in each performance level on the state standardized assessment for biology. Students may have taken the assessment during the current school year or as part of an accelerated 8th grade course last year. Students with disabilities who take the Georgia Alternative Assessment are included.

For more information on the performance levels, click here.

Source: High school achievement indicator #6 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

U.S. History: Percent of students in each performance level on Georgia Milestones

The percentage of Full Academic Year (FAY) high school students who score in each performance level on the state standardized assessment for U.S. History. Students may have taken the assessment during the current school year or as part of an accelerated 8th grade course last year. Students with disabilities who take the Georgia Alternative Assessment are included.

For more information on the performance levels, click here.

Source: High school achievement indicator #7 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

College Readiness

This is the percentage of students who are likely to be successful in first-year college courses (not requiring remediation or learning support).

This indicator is part of the Achievement score on the CCRPI. It measures the percentage of high school graduates who:

  • enter TCSG/USG not requiring remediation or learning support courses,

  • score program ready on the Compass,

  • score at least 22 out of 36 on the composite ACT,

  • score at least 1550 out of 2400 on the combined SAT,

  • score 3 or higher on two or more AP (Advanced Placement) exams, or

  • score 4 or higher on two or more IB (International Baccalaureate) exams.

Students may be duplicated in the numerator and the denominator for this percentage.

Source: High school achievement indicator #11 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Accelerated Course Taking

This is the percentage of high school graduates who earn high school credit(s) through dual enrollment at a college or through AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) courses.

This indicator is part of the Achievement score on the CCRPI. It includes students participating in ACCEL, Dual HOPE Grant, Move On When Ready, Early College, Gateway to College, Advanced Placement courses, or International Baccalaureate courses.

Source: High school achievement indicator #12 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

Four-Year Graduation Rate

The percentage of students who graduate high school in four years using the adjusted four-year cohort rate formula is displayed.

Source: High school achievement indicator #17 on the Georgia Department of Education’s CCRPI

College Enrollment

The percentage of high school graduates who enroll in technical college, college, or university within 12 months of high school graduation in the most current year available.

Source: GOSA’s High School Graduate Outcomes Dashboard