Decatur Schools Rank High on State Report Card

The College and Career Ready Performance Index ranked Decatur elementary schools tops among metro Atlanta schools.

The City Schools of Decatur brought home a glowing report card.

Georgia’s statewide evaluation of schools, called the College and Career Ready Performance Index, ranked the Decatur school system tops in the metro area and 11th from the top among all state public school systems. 

The CCRPI found that Decatur's elementary schools scored highest in the metro area and ranked eleventh in the state, according to a story on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

For high schools, Decatur had the top-ranking high school system in the metro area and the seventh-best in the state. Of course, Decatur has only one high school.

The newspaper's analysis of the scores found that among individual schools, Oakhurst Elementary was the No. 4 top-performing elementary school in the state.

Schools can receive scores up to 110 on the CCRPI. The state Department of Education explained the scoring system when it released the CCRPI results, saying.

A school and district’s overall score is made up of three major areas: Achievement (70 points possible), Progress (15 points possible) and Achievement Gap (15 points possible). In addition to the three major areas, some schools receive “Challenge Points” to add to their score (up to 10 points).

The state DOE website says the average score for Georgia’s elementary schools is 83.4, middle schools 81.4 and high schools 72.6.

Here are the scores for the Decatur schools.

  • Decatur System: 93.7.
  • Clairmont Elementary: 101.
  • Decatur High: 90.1.
  • Fifth Avenue: 93.9.
  • Glennwood Elementary: 93.1.
  • Oakhurst Elementary: 101.7.
  • Renfroe Middle: 94.7.
  • Winnona Park Elementary: 97.1.

To see the detailed breakdown of scores for all the public schools in Georgia, go to the CCRPI webpage.

Ralph Ellis May 08, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Congrats to the students, teachers and administrators at CSD.
David D May 08, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Although the AJC said that Decatur ranked highest in metro Atlanta, the AJC definition of metro Atlanta is an informal designation. The metropolitan statistical area of Atlanta has included Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties since the 1950s. Another measure of high schools is the recently-released U.S. News and World Report ranking. Decatur High School didn't rank in the top 40-some of Georgia high schools. Other "metro" high schools in Norcross, Buford, and Duluth did rank in that report. Decatur does a good job of building up a sort of city-esteem for the school system, but are we really getting the quality that we should for the taxes being paid? I don't know and am not saying we are not, but I do find that there is a defensiveness in the city when one questions how much of the Decatur reputation is hype. And, folks, it is a fair question to ask.
Steve May 09, 2013 at 01:37 AM
USN&WR used a completely different rating criteria. It's apples and oranges.
Ralph Ellis May 09, 2013 at 02:20 AM
David D, it is a fair question. Weigh in, folks.


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