2017-11-09 / Front Page

Wilkes schools continue to outperform most, CCRPI scores are second in CSRA

By JANE ELLYN AARON
news editor


W-WCHS teachers celebrate the high scores achieved by their students on the College and Career Ready Performance Index. W-WCHS teachers celebrate the high scores achieved by their students on the College and Career Ready Performance Index. The recently released College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores have yielded huge results for Wilkes County Schools, which showcase that the system has continued to outperform the state at each level of testing. This year, students at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School scored 87.9, ranking them second in the CSRA.

The CCRPI is Georgia’s annual tool for measuring how well its schools, districts, and the state are preparing students for the next educational level, and with a second place ranking, students have been well-praised for outperforming their peers across the state.

While Columbia County received the top ranking, it was just barely as they scored 88.1. However W-WCHS still managed to place seventh among all 104 Class A and Class AA schools, as well as placing 17th out of all 186 Georgia school districts.

This is the third year in a row that the overall performance has increased with a 13.8 point gain since 2015.

“At W-WCHS, we believe our students can and should be successful. To help them reach their goals, the faculty and staff work to build relationships with the students, striving to understand any obstacles that the students face,” Principal Robert Wheeler said. “We help students see that problems are not excuses, but are issues that we must work together to overcome. We push the students academically and hold them accountable for their actions in a safe and encouraging environment that allows for growth and learning.”

A celebration was held after school last Thursday when the scores were made public. Wheeler applauded his faculty and staff and showed com- parisons between ­Wilkes and other counties and groups throughout the state.

He commended them for their hard work, enduring success, and dedication to the students of Wilkes County.

That dedication has most certainly come to fruition since the data shows that in comparison to last year, W-WCHS students improved in all indicator areas, which are “Achievement,” “College and Career Readiness,” “Progress,” “Achievement Gap,” “Economically Disadvantaged Student Performance,” and “Graduation Rate.”

“We’re pretty excited about it, but we try to give the teachers the freedom and autonomy to do what they need to within the classroom, and we give them every support from our office. This approach has worked really well for us over the past several years,” Wheeler said.

Likewise, Superintendent Dr. Rosemary Caddell commended the faculty and staff on the daily pursuit of excellence and their ability to change the lives of their children and prepare them for success after high school.

“We know we are preparing our young students to be college and career ready after they leave high school,” Caddell said. “High school is the final step in our school system and having our scores among the very top in the state show that our students can compete with any others in both college and the job market.

“We are extremely proud of our students, faculty, and staff!” she added.

Additionally, Washington-Wilkes Middle School did very well, as it received a score of 75.1. This was above the state average and gave them the ranking of fourth in CSRA.

Washington-Wilkes Elementary and Primary Schools’ scores are combined, and between them received a total elementary score of 65.2. This, too, was above the state average and ranked them at seventh place in the CSRA.

One of the biggest areas of improvement at both the primary and elementary schools was on the “Lexile Measure,” a method used by schools to measure a student’s reading ability. The primary school score increased by 15.6 points and the elementary school score increased by 10 points.

“We are always striving for excellence in Wilkes County Schools – working to be better every day,” Caddell said. “I am proud of these results, but more than that I am proud of the hard work and dedication that goes into having a great system.”

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