Whitfield/Dalton Schools Look to Improve State Scores

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Ashley Henderson
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Updated: 5/09/2013 7:08 pm
School administrators in Dalton and Whitfield county are laying the groundwork to improve test scores.
That follows a disappointing report for the 2012 school year.
The results on the "College and Career Ready Performance Index" varied widely, and in some cases, lacked correct data.

States use different methods of gauging the effectiveness of public schools, and in Georgia it's the College and Career Ready Performance Index. It comes out once a year..and the latest report is for the 2011-2012 school year.
In Whitfield county, the scores ranged from 82.8 out of a possible 100 at Varnell Elementary, to 53.6 at Coahulla Creek High School.

SUPT. JUDY GILREATH "We already know we have some weak areas, and like I say we have already done some re-organization ..we're making plans to really focus-in on core content."

Superintendent Judy Gilreath was appointed in late March.

SUPT. JUDY GILREATH "I think we have some of the smartest children in Georgia, I think we have some of the best teachers in Georgia. We've just got to to figure out a way to get better and bring the scores up."

Statewide, the averages are 83 for elementary, 81.4 for MIddle schools and 72.6 for high schools.
Whitfield numbers are 72.3, 75.8 and 67.1.

Meanwhile, some Dalton city schools are also lagging.

Here's how the averages stack up: 80.6 for elementary, 77.9 for middle schools and 74.3 for high schools.

Brookwood elementary was at the top with a 91.8 average..while Morris Innovative High School had 34.6.

JENNIFER PHINNEY, PRINCIPAL "I feel like the score that we had..which is not a good score..that's just the truth..but I feel like it is for a school that doesn't even exist now."

Morris innovative has 450 in specialized courses this year.

JENNIFER PHINNEY, PRINCIPAL, MORRIS INNOVATIVE "The school itself is in its fourth year of existence...but we've added over a hundred students each year."

With a lot of work ahead of them, both districts looking for ways to improve the scores.

The Georgia CCRPI scale was set-up to replace the "No child Left Behind" program.
The next report in due to be released in October.

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