FAQ

What is the purpose of A-F letter grades?

Parents, educators, and community members should be able to quickly and easily understand how their local schools are performing. The A-F scale summarizes a school’s performance in a way that is commonly used and understood. A school’s letter grade is based on its College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score calculated by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). CCRPI scores take into account state test scores, student academic growth on these tests, graduation rates, and other factors. In addition, the school performance snapshots provide comparisons of schools and districts on specific metrics, such as literacy or graduation rate.

Why are A-F school letter grades important?

A-F letter grades provide easy-to-understand information about a school. The letter grades help parents, students, educators, and communities understand how their local schools are performing. The increased awareness and clear information will allow stakeholders to focus improvement efforts on the most critical challenges.

Why is GOSA communicating these A-F letter grades?

GOSA communicates letter grades so that parents and community members have clear and concise information on how their local schools are performing. This information will encourage parents and community members to understand the strengths and challenges of their local schools and will help focus improvement efforts.

What state accountability system is used as the basis for school grades?

The CCRPI, which is calculated by GaDOE and approved by the State Board of Education, serves as the statewide accountability measure for public schools. A school’s CCRPI score is based on state test scores, student growth on these tests, graduation rates, and other factors.
Note: The Georgia Department of Education revised the CCRPI calculation in 2018. Therefore, 2018 scores are not directly comparable to prior years. For more information on the new calculation, visit GaDOE’s Accountability web page.

How is the A-F letter grade calculated?

The A-F letter grade is based on the school’s score on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), which is calculated by the Georgia Department of Education. This score ranges from 0 to 100. The letter grade is determined by the following scale:

CCRPI Score Letter Grade
90.0 and higher A
80.0 – 89.9 B
70.0 – 79.9 C
60.0 – 69.9 D
Lower than 60.0 F

The CCRPI score is based on state test scores, student growth on these tests, graduation rates, and other factors. The score includes the following weighted components:

Component Weight for Elementary/Middle School Grades Weight for High School Grades
Content Mastery 30% 30%
Progress 35% 30%
Closing Gaps 15% 10%
Readiness 20% 15%
Graduation Rate N/A 15%

Schools receive a CCRPI score for each "grade cluster" served (elementary includes grades K-5, middle includes grades 6-8, and high includes grades 9-12). For schools that include more than one “grade cluster,” the letter grade is based on the school’s Single Score, which is a weighted average of the “grade cluster” scores taking into account the school’s enrollment in each grade cluster. For example, a school that has students in grades K-8 receives a CCRPI score for elementary (based on grades K-5) and for middle school (based on grades 6-8). The school’s Single Score is a weighted average of these two scores.

Example: Single Score for Schools Spanning Grade Clusters

Grade Cluster CCRPI Score Percent of School’s Total Enrollment
Elementary (K-5) 85.2 67%
Middle (6-8) 74.8 33%

CCRPI Single Score = 85.2(0.67) + 74.8(0.33) = 57.1 + 24.7 = 81.8

In this example, the school’s letter grade would be a B since its single score is 81.8.

Note: The Georgia Department of Education revised the CCRPI calculation in 2018. Therefore, 2018 scores are not directly comparable to prior years. For more information on the new calculation, visit GaDOE’s Accountability web page.

Content Mastery

Content Mastery includes achievement in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies based on student performance on the Georgia Milestones and the Georgia Alternate Assessment. If the participation rate for all students or a subgroup of students is less than 95%, the achievement score for that group of students is multiplied by the actual participation rate divided by 95%.

Progress

Progress includes:

  • Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) in English Language Arts and Mathematics, weighted by the level of growth.
  • Progress towards English language proficiency on the ACCESS for English Language Learner (ELL) students, weighted by level of progress.

Closing Gaps

Closing Gaps measures whether all students and all student subgroups are making improvements in achievement and is based on CCRPI improvement targets for academic achievement. Schools earn zero points if performance does not improve (red flag), 0.5 points if progress is made but the 3% target is not met (yellow flag), and 1 point if the 3% target is met (green flag). Schools can earn 1.5 points when Economically Disadvantaged (ED) students, English Language Learners (ELL), and Students with Disabilities (SWD) meet 6% achievement targets.

Readiness

  • Attendance: The percentage of students absent less than 10% of enrolled days.
  • Literacy: The percentage of students in specific grades demonstrating reading comprehension according to students’ Lexile scores from Georgia Milestones.
  • Beyond the Core: The percentage of students earning a passing score in courses such as fine arts, world language, physical education, health, and career exploratory in elementary and middle schools.
  • Accelerated Enrollment: The percentage of 12th-grade students earning credit for accelerated enrollment through Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.
  • Pathway Completion: The percentage of 12th-grade students completing an advanced academic; Career, Technical & Agricultural Education (CTAE); fine arts; or world language pathway.
  • College and Career Readiness: The percentage of 12th-grade students entering Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) or University System of Georgia (USG) without needing remediation; achieving a readiness score on the ACT, SAT, two or more AP exams, or two or more IB exams; passing a pathway-aligned end of pathway assessment (EOPA) resulting in a national or state credential; or completing a work-based learning program.

Graduation Rate

Graduation Rate scores are out of 100 possible points and only available for high schools or schools with high school grades. Graduation Rate include both the four-year and five-year adjusted cohort graduation rates.

Is there a way for parents and community members to post or provide feedback on a school?

No, the School Grades Reports do not have the functionality for parents and community members to post a school review. The goal of the reports is to provide concise, easy-to-understand information on school characteristics and performance. Other websites, such as Great Schools and Google Reviews, provide the opportunity for posting school reviews.

Does my child’s school receive any additional funds or an award if it earns an "A?"

The letter grades are not tied to additional funding.

What should I do if my child’s school earned a low grade?

Schools can improve their letter grades by increasing their CCRPI scores. As a result, it is important to look carefully at the details of your school’s CCRPI score to fully understand what makes up the letter grade. For example, if your child’s school earned a high Progress Score, that may be a strong sign that the school is moving in the right direction, even if the school’s grade is low overall.

For more information on the CCRPI calculation and specific indicators, visit GaDOE’s Accountability web page.

Which schools are assigned letter grades?

Public schools that have CCRPI scores are assigned letter grades. For more information on the CCRPI, visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website.

Are A-F letter grades related to a school’s Turnaround Eligible status?

A-F letter grades and the Turnaround Eligible Schools list both use the CCRPI. The A-F letter grades are based on the school’s overall Single Score within a given year. The Turnaround Eligible Schools list is based on the school’s three-year average CCRPI Single Score.

For more information on the Turnaround Eligible Schools list, see GOSA’s website.

Are A-F letter grades related to a school’s Comprehensive Support & Improvement (CSI) or Targeted Support & Improvement (TSI) status?

A-F letter grades and the Comprehensive Support & Improvement (CSI)/Targeted Support & Improvement (TSI) lists both use the CCRPI. The A-F letter grades are based on the school’s overall Single Score within a given year. The Georgia Department of Education determines the CSI and TSI lists. The CSI list includes schools with a three-year average CCRPI score in the lowest 5% of schools, a graduation rate of 67% or less, and Title I schools that have been identified as TSI or low-performing for three years. The TSI list includes schools that have at least one subgroup performing in the lowest 5% in at least 50% of CCRPI components.

How are the School Grades Reports different from GOSA’s Report Card?

Parents, educators, and community members should be able to understand quickly and easily how their local schools are doing. The A-F scale summarizes a school’s performance in a way that is commonly used and understood. The grade includes state test scores, student growth on these tests, graduation rates, and other factors.

The School Grades Reports are designed to provide easy access to information about the performance of a school by gathering information from multiple sources into one single report. In addition, the school snapshots provide additional school information and the ability to compare schools’ grades.

GOSA’s Report Card provides yearly information on all public education agencies, including K-12 schools, pre-Kindergarten, and public colleges and universities. The Report Card also includes additional information that Georgia is required to report under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Some information presented on the School Grades Reports, such as information on student enrollment, race/ethnicity, and subgroups
(free/reduced-price lunch, students with disability, and limited English proficient), is from GOSA’s Report Card. Other information, such as the CCRPI score, performance on state tests, accelerated course taking, and college enrollment, is from the GaDOE’s CCRPI.

A school’s performance on state tests is pulled from the CCRPI reports, not GOSA’s Report Card. The CCPRI counts only students who were enrolled in the school for the "full academic year" (FAY), which is defined as at least 65% of the school year (or, in the case of a high school block schedule, 65% of course days). GOSA’s Report Card, on the other hand, presents results for all students tested in the school, regardless of how long they were enrolled. As a result, the assessment results on GOSA’s report card may not match the assessment results on the School Grades Reports.

For more details on the information provided on the School Grades Reports, click here.

For more details on the information included on the Report Card, click here.

Which students are included in the School Grades Reports for each school?

The School Grades Reports, based on the CCRPI, include only students who are present for a "full academic year" (FAY). Elementary and middle school students are considered FAY if they are enrolled for most of the school year (at least 65%). High school students are considered FAY if they are enrolled for at least 65% of the number of days for the course for which they take the state assessment.

Do the letter grades take into account the characteristics of the students at the school, such as their poverty level?

The letter grades are based on the CCRPI, which awards schools extra points when Economically Disadvantaged (ED) students, English Language Learners (ELL), and Students with Disabilities (SWD) meet 6% achievement targets. However, CCRPI scores can no longer exceed 100 points.

Do other states utilize this type of grading system?

Yes, many other states utilize letter grades to communicate school performance to parents and community members, including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.

Where can I find more details on the data that is included in the School Grades Reports?

All information related to a school’s outcomes and performance, including the CCRPI score, performance on state tests, graduation rate, college readiness, and accelerated course-taking, is pulled from the GaDOE’s CCRPI.

Information on student enrollment, race/ethnicity, subgroups (free/reduced-price lunch, students with disability, and limited English proficient), and grade-level reading is from GOSA’s Report Card.

The district website on each school’s report is from the school district, and the school’s contact information is from the Georgia Department of Education.

The letter grades are assigned by GOSA using CCRPI scores.

GOSA has created a variable description page, available at this link, that defines all the variables included in the reports. In addition, each online school report has a question mark icon next to the data that provides a pop-up window with the definition.

The website on the school reports is the school district’s website, and the school’s contact information is from the Georgia Department of Education.

The letter grades and school designations are calculated and assigned by GOSA.

GOSA has created a variable description page, available at this link, that defines all the variables included in the reports. In addition, each online school report has a question mark icon next to the data that provides a pop-up window with the definition.

My school spans multiple grade clusters. Can my school receive a separate letter grade for each grade cluster?

No. For schools that span grade clusters, the A-F letter grade is based on a school’s CCRPI Single Score, which is a weighted average of each grade cluster’s score based on enrollment in each grade cluster. For schools that span grade clusters, assigning a letter grade to each grade cluster prior to the CCRPI Single Score calculation would not allow for weighting based on enrollment.

Whom do I contact if I see incorrect information?

Please send an email to gosa@georgia.gov that clearly describes the incorrect information and includes the correct information, and GOSA will make the corrections after confirming with appropriate GaDOE or school district personnel. To speed up the update process, if possible, please include a website link from an official school or district website with corrected information and/or the contact information for a school or district official who would be authorized to confirm the corrected information.

How do I get help on using this website?

To access the website "Help" files, click here.