New test results released Monday show that Georgia elementary and middle school students are doing better, but high school test scores fell slightly.
The results come from a new school grading system that replaces No Child Left Behind measurements, called the College and Career Ready Performance Index or CCRPI. State Superintendent John Barge says a more-rigorous algebra test is one reason high school scores dropped 1 point.
“They have an understanding of why they didn’t perform well. And they can use the results of this index to drive their school improvement plan,” said Barge. “So I think that we will begin to see our schools continue to improve as they use this index to frame those efforts.”
He says high school scores also fell because officials now differentiate between students who take 4 years to graduate, and those who take 5. Barge says other grades will also see tougher tests next year.
“And so we may see this type of one point drop or so in 2015 because of the impacts of new assessments and the state raising the expectation level of students to pass the test.”
You can see the 2012 and 2013 scores on the Georgia Department of Education website.