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New State Rankings for All Public Schools

May 08, 2013 -- 12:20pm

By: Kevin Karel & Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)

The Georgia Department of Education unveiled its new system for evaluating all public schools on Tuesday, and the results locally were mixed.

Replacing the old ranking system of Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, schools are now being graded on a 100 point scale in a system termed The College and Career Ready Performance Index.

Within the five-county area of Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Polk and Chattooga there are a total of nine school systems. In the overall system rankings Trion City Schools graded by far the highest at 96 with Calhoun City Schools in 2nd place at 89.4. Easily the lowest was Chattooga County Schools at 65.7.

State Schools Superintendent Dr. John Barge says while the old system of AYP gave each school a simple ‘pass’ or ‘fail’, the new rankings offer a much clearer guide for improvement;

"Well the difference between what we have now and what we did's like going to a doctor.  You know you're sick.  So what difference is there?  Well not only do we know we're sick but we've gone to the doctor, we know why we're sick and we can get create the correct prescription to improve.  That's the whole point, schools now know exactly why they're not performing well.  It's not just a matter of they're not doing well, but now we know why and we know how to attack it."   

The Floyd County Schools and Rome City Schools systems ranked closely together; Floyd graded at 82.7 and Rome at 80.1.

Other local school system grades include Cartersville at 86.1, Bartow at 84.9, Gordon at 83.3 and Polk at 75.5.

As for the best local high schools, the new ranking system gave the top grades to Trion, Armuchee, Cartersville, Sonoraville and Gordon Central.

Statewide the greatest struggle for students among all charted subjects was Mathematics II, followed by U.S. History.

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