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Clayton below state average in new index

JONESOBORO — Clayton County Public Schools scored below the state average on the new College and Career Ready Performance Index, according to data from the Georgia Department of Education.

The index is the state’s new accountability system that evaluates student achievement partly with a 100-point scale on which each school level is scored. It replaced the state’s Adequate Yearly Progress measurement from No Child Left Behind. The U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia a waiver from the federal law last year.

The district earned average scores of 70.2 at the elementary level, 77.5 for middle schools and 61 for high schools compared to the state’s 83.4, 81.4 and 72.6-point averages.

The CCRPI measures a student’s college and career readiness. It gives more attention to achievement gaps and subgroup performances.

The data indicated Clayton County students struggled across subgroups on state assessments. It revealed Asian/Pacific Islanders demonstrated the highest performance levels among subgroups.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said the index should help the public understand how schools are performing in more depth than under the previous pass-or-fail system.

“Holding schools accountable and rewarding them for the work they do in all subjects and with all students is critical in preparing our students to be college and career ready,” he said. “The index effectively measures how schools prepare our students for success. I am very pleased that we now have a school improvement measure as in-depth as the College and Career Ready Performance Index.”