Monthly Archives: July 2014

2012-13 Student Growth Percentiles (SGP)

Student Growth Percentile

The Georgia Department of Education released Student Growth Percentile (SGP) data yesterday. SGPs describe the amount of growth a student has demonstrated on the CRCTs relative to academically-similar students from across the state.  Go here to find out more about Student Growth Percentile and how it’s calculated.
Your school’s Median SGP:
Austin ES, Briarlake ES, Chesnut ES, Dunwoody ES, Evansdale ES, Fernbank ES, Hawthorne ES, Huntley Hills ES, Kingsley ES, Kittredge Magnet, Midvale ES, Montgomery ES, Livsey ES, Vanderlyn ES, Wadsworth Magnet
Look up district and school SGP data across the state here. Educators have access to detailed SGP data for their students and teachers through the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS).  Note: This data is based on growth from FY12-FY13.  FY15 school year starts next month, so the benefits of this stale data remain to be seen.
SGPs are used as a measure of student progress in the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). SGPs are one of multiple measures used to provide an indication of teacher and leader effectiveness in the Teacher and Leader Keys Effectiveness Systems (TKES and LKES).
Below are DeKalb’s Median SGP scores.  With a few exceptions, the SGP data suggests DeKalb Schools’ students are falling behind faster than the other students across the state.

  Grade Subject Median SGP
DeKalb Schools 4 English/Lang. Arts 45
DeKalb Schools 4 Math 40
DeKalb Schools 4 Reading 57
DeKalb Schools 4 Science 49
DeKalb Schools 4 Soc. Stud. 40
DeKalb Schools 5 English/Lang. Arts 44
DeKalb Schools 5 Math 43
DeKalb Schools 5 Reading 44
DeKalb Schools 5 Science 38
DeKalb Schools 5 Soc. Stud. 44
DeKalb Schools 6 English/Lang. Arts 44
DeKalb Schools 6 Math 54
DeKalb Schools 6 Reading 59
DeKalb Schools 6 Science 42
DeKalb Schools 6 Soc. Stud. 46
DeKalb Schools 7 English/Lang. Arts 54
DeKalb Schools 7 Math 32
DeKalb Schools 7 Reading 50
DeKalb Schools 7 Science 48
DeKalb Schools 7 Soc. Stud. 42
DeKalb Schools 8 English/Lang. Arts 40
DeKalb Schools 8 Math 38
DeKalb Schools 8 Reading 50
DeKalb Schools 8 Science 44
DeKalb Schools 8 Soc. Stud. 45

Georgia Academic Placement and Promotion Policy

According to DeKalb Schools’ 2014 CRCT Scores
20% of the third graders did not meet ELA standards
34% of the fifth graders did not meet Math standards
35% of the eighth graders did not meet Math standards

The Georgia Academic Placement and Promotion Policy requires that students in third grade must meet or exceed standards in reading on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) in order to be promoted to the next grade. Students in fifth and eighth grade must meet or exceed expectations on the CRCT in Reading and Mathematics in order to be promoted.

The goal is to assure that students are performing at grade level in these key academic areas before moving on to the next grade. It is the policy of the DeKalb County Board of Education to comply with the requirement of the Georgia Academic Placement and Promotion Policy.
When a student does not perform at grade level on the CRCT and also does not perform at grade level on a second additional opportunity, then the principal or the principal’s designee shall retain the student for the next school year except as otherwise provided in this paragraph and in accordance with O.C.G.A. 20-2-283. The school principal or the principal’s designee shall notify in writing by first-class mail the parent or guardian of the student and the teacher regarding the decision to retain the student. The notice shall describe the option of the parent, guardian or teacher to appeal the decision to retain the student and shall further describe the composition and function of the placement committee including the requirement that a decision to promote the student must be a unanimous decision of the committee.
Students must be retested on the Reading and/or Mathematics CRCT if they did not meet or exceed expectations. If the student does not meet expectations on the retest, the parent must be notified in writing of the decision to retain the student and instructions on how to appeal the decision.