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The Department of Research, Accountability and Assessment (RAA) is responsible for ensuring the district meets the accountability requirements of No Child Left Behind, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, and, now, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Our team manages the collection and reporting of data for College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) annual report. The department also conducts audits of state reported data to ensure integrity in the process.


CCRPI is a comprehensive school improvement, accountability, and communication platform for all educational stakeholders that will promote college and career readiness for all Georgia public school students. In short, CCRPI scores serve as a kind of grade for schools and counties, replacing the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measure that the Georgia Department of Education phased out in 2012.

The Georgia Department of Education typically releases CCRPI scores around the midpoint of a school year. These scores are based upon the data from the prior school year. To view the past years' scores for any county or school in Georgia, please follow this link.

Georgia was one of 10 states granted a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act in February 2012. The state created a new accountability system called the College and Career Ready Performance Index. The Index tells us how schools are performing in a more comprehensive manner than the pass/fail system previously in place under (AYP).

The Index supports the state’s core educational principles:

  • exemplary student achievement that prepares all for success in college and careers
  • effective teaching and leadership in all schools
  • innovative school improvement, particularly in low performing schools
  • reduction in the duplicative reporting requirements for local school districts

What is college and career readiness?

The Index has been designed around a comprehensive definition of college and career readiness, or the level of achievement required in order for a student to enroll in two or four year colleges and universities and technical colleges without remediation, fully prepared for college level work and careers. This means that all students graduate from high school with both rigorous content knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge.

What will it look like?

The Index will include scores that easily communicate to the public how a school is doing. Each school will receive a score out of 100 points, just like what students receive in their classes.

A school and district’s overall score will be made up of three major areas: Achievement (50 points possible), Progress (40 points possible) and Achievement Gap (10 points possible). In addition to the three major areas, schools can receive “Challenge Points” to add to their score (up to 10 points). They can receive these points if they have a significant number of Economically Disadvantaged students, English Learner students and Students with Disabilities meeting expectations. They can also receive points for going beyond the targets of the CCRPI by challenging students to exceed expectations and participate in college and career ready programs.

Contact Information

Patrick Knopf

Kerri VanPelt
Data Specialist

Lindy Dunn 
System Test Coordinator