Questions and Answers Concerning College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI)
What is CCRPI?
College and Career Reading Performance Index (CCRPI) is a result of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver. Simply put, this accountability measure will replace those of Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) in the No Child Left Behind Act. CCRPI is a report from the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) and focuses on all public districts and schools in the state.
The Index is designed to move away from a Pass/Fail mentality of AYP reports of the past. The DOE officially released the CCRPI information on May 7, 2013 based on Spring 2012 scores. Much focus is being placed on fully preparing students for college level work with no remediation required and/or career entry with solid skills.
The DOE officially released the CCRPI information on May 7, 2013 based on Spring 2012 scores. Reports for each school and district can be located at http://ccrpi.gadoe.org/2012.
How can I interpret the scores?
Each school receives an overall score based on a 100-point scale, designed to be easily understood. The main areas of emphasis are Achievement (70 points), Progress (15 points), and Achievement Gap (15 points). This year’s score is based on 2012 data and is to be considered a baseline, or starting point. Grades 3 through 12 are included.
What does this mean for the Harris County School District?
The Harris County School District continues to strive for academic excellence with all students. While our schools have consistently scored at a high level, we are not complacent. Attention to closing the achievement gap is a priority. Performance flags simply assist a system in identifying those groups who are not achieving at their full potential. Simply put, the system and schools have an annual improvement plan and there is always room for growth. No school in Harris County has been identified as a Priority, Focus, or Alert School. These Needs Improvement designations indicate schools who have demonstrated lack of progress or low achievement levels.
Does test participation matter?
Test participation matters for all systems. Participation rate for EOCT is defined at 95 % of students receiving a final grade in the course. For the CRCT, it is 95 % of students enrolled during the state testing window.
What portion of the year do students have to be enrolled?
Students who count in the calculations are considered Full Academic Year (FAY) students. For CRCT grades, this is 65% of the enrollment from the first day of school until the end of the state testing window. For EOCT, it is 65% of enrollment from the first day of the course until the last day.
How does this affect my child’s school?
Each Harris County school takes achievement seriously for all students. This report gives one view of overall and subgroup achievement. Each school has a School Improvement Plan that is updated each year.
What do the CCRPI scores mean?
The CCRPI areas are broken down by grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Specific calculations are involved; credit is earned for percentages of students scoring at the Meets or Exceeds level of the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) or the End of Course Test (EOCT). Additional points may be earned through Fitnessgram Assessments, passing scores in Fine Arts, career portfolios, and other factors. Student attendance rates, graduation rates, and participation in testing are also taken into account. Challenge points are available in regard to subgroup performance and for participation in an Innovative Practice.
What are subgroups and performance targets?
Aside from a school’s overall achievement, attention is paid to smaller demographic groups to ensure there is no achievement gap. The subgroups include Students with Disabilities, Economically Disadvantaged, and English Language Learners. Subgroups are also broken down by ethnicity and the group size to count in calculations is 15.
Performance targets are set for all students and subgroups in regard to the CRCT and EOCT. A State Target is set for All Students; different percentages are set for specific subgroups. The performance targets vary according to academic areas that are tested. For example, the CRCT Performance Targets are different for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Social Studies. The percentage identifies the number of students who Meet or Exceed the passing score for the assessment. Subgroups information is relayed in color coded Performance Flags. Flags are coded according to whether subgroups met state or subgroup performance targets and whether they fully participated in testing.
How do scores compare to previous years when CCRPI was not in place?
The following tables indicate the scores on the CRCT and EOCT for Harris County Schools. The scores below indicate a comparison of state and system scores. CCRPI scores are based on 2012 scores; previous years are included for comparison purposes.