RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - There are some great things happening in the Richmond County School System. The school system showed a small, but very important increase on one college readiness index.
"We're very excited about the fact that so many of our schools increased in the CCRPI performance indicator this year," said Dr. Shelly Allen, Director of Curriculum and Administration.
28 schools including all Richmond County high schools increased their College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) scores.
"There's part of it about achievement, part of its about progress points, how we're doing with students and another part is closing the achievement gap point for that as well," said Allen.
The district showed an overall increase of 1.5 points, a jump school leaders were not expecting because of all the learning changes that happened last year, due to Georgia Milestones testing.
"We take a look at each of the schools individually, the scores that they have and we also look at the district as a whole," Allen said. "We come up with a comprehensive improvement plan according to the needs."
Three of the biggest success stories are Goshen Elementary, A. Brian Merry Elementary and Barton Chapel Elementary. Dr. Allen said all three principals contributed the success to working more as a team to get the job done.
"They really took it on as a team effort in their schools," Allen said. "They understood the CCRPI so that they knew what they were being scored on, how the scores work. They were able to address each of the area as a team."
Having almost half of the schools making great improvements, is a pretty big deal for the system. Which can bring in more resources and opportunities for all students. With that in mind, the bar is set high for many years to come.
"We anticipate this to continue to increase," said Allen.
Another big win, graduation rates increased dramatically last year. Leaders credit intervention plans allowing students to stay on track and graduate on time. The school system is looking forward to have even better results next year.