Sunday, January 29, 2017 12:02 AM

BEYOND THE NUMBERS HOW SCHOOL DISTRICTS FACE CHALLENGE OF IMPROVING STUDENT LEARNING

By John Stephen

john.stephen@gaflnews.com[1]

Franklin D. Roosevelt called education the "safeguard of democracy." But who provides safeguards to ensure students are getting the best education possible and taxpayers are getting their money's worth?

A massive education system is constantly being refined, melted down and reinvented by state and federal government.

The moving targets -- state and federal benchmarks -- make measuring school success tricky, and each state does it differently.

Georgia uses its College and Career Ready Performance Index to try to convey a full picture of a school's performance. Florida focuses more heavily on student test scores.

School officials say it's important to consider multiple factors that affect school performance, including poverty, home dynamics, teacher turnover and ever-changing state requirements.

School districts in the SunLight Project coverage area -- Dalton, Milledgeville, Moultrie, Tifton, Thomasville and Valdosta along with Jasper, Live Oak and Mayo, Fla., the surrounding counties and school systems across Georgia and North Florida -- are constantly pushing to improve performance, especially since state assessments greatly impact a school's reputation.

CCRPI: What it is

and why it matters

The CCRPI is Georgia's accountability system for public schools. The Georgia Department of Education describes it as a "roadmap ...

News source: Dalton Daily News

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