CANTON — The Cherokee County School District exceeded the state’s scores on a new assessment based on achievement and progress.
The College and Career Ready Performance Index was created by the Georgia Department of Education to replace the No Child Left Behind standards, and scores from the 2011-12 school year were released Tuesday.
Scores are based on a 100-point scale and Cherokee elementary schools scored an 88.9; middle schools, 91.7; and high schools, 83.7.
The state average for elementary schools is 83.4; middle schools, 81.4; and high schools, 72.6.
Cherokee Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo wrote in a letter to the Board of Education that “these initial CCRPI results reinforce that Cherokee County School District has been and continues to be a leader in attaining educational excellence.”
Out of 37 Cherokee schools, 16 scored an average of 90 or higher; 18 scored between 80 and 89.9; and only three scored below 89.9.
Cherokee’s three lowest scores were Canton Elementary with an average of 68.4, Hasty Elementary with an average of 69.1 and Cherokee High with a score of 76.8.
“The School District’s individual school results are being reviewed by principals and their leadership and data management teams to determine what next steps are needed to continue improving college and career readiness for every student we serve,” said Cherokee County School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby.
The three highest scores in the district were Knox Elementary with a 99.5, Bascomb Elementary with a 97.8 and Freedom Middle with a 97.5.
“We’re pleased that CCRPI recognizes that exemplary achievement by our students, effective teaching and leadership in our schools, innovations in our classrooms and support of parents and the entire community continue to exceed school systems statewide,” Petruzielo wrote. “And we’re committed to further improving the District’s overall scores.”
The CCRPI system relies largely on standardized tests, which are meant to assess and track students’ mastery of the Common Core standards.
“Our students consistently improve in their performance and outscore state and national averages on such tests,” said Jacoby.