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March 2017: Georgia Department of Education Recognizes MCMS “Beat the Odds” Five Years in a Row
“We view these schools as major success stories,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “In fact, it’s difficult to fully express the magnitude of what they’ve achieved. Statistically, a high rate of poverty presents multiple barriers to achievement, but these schools are beating the odds and doing excellent work on behalf of Georgia students.” More than 1,000 Georgia schools beat the odds in 2016, performing better than statistically expected on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance.

The Beating the Odds analysis predicts a range within which a school’s CCRPI score is statistically expected to fall – given the school’s size, grade cluster, student mobility, and student demographics (including race/ethnicity, disability, English learners, and poverty). If an individual school’s actual CCRPI is above the predicted range, then that school beat the odds. Most (731) of the schools that beat the odds had poverty rates of 25 percent or more, and 437 had poverty rates of 40 percent or more.
And of the 1,037 schools that beat the odds last year, 271 including MCMS beat the odds in each of the past five years. Eighty-one of these schools had a 2016 poverty rate of 40 percent or more, and more than half – 157 – had poverty rates of 25 percent or more. (Matt Cardoza, GaDOE, 2017)

MCMS has been identified as a 2016 Title I High-Progress Reward School. (Based on 2013-2014 data) 
 A High-Progress Reward School is among the top ten percent of Title I schools in the State that are making the most progress in improving the performance of the “all students” group over a number of years on the statewide assessments, and, at the high school level, among the top ten percent of Title I schools in the State that are making the most progress in increasing graduation rates.  A school may
not be classified as a high-progress school if there are significant achievement gaps across subgroups that are not closing in the school. All Reward Schools will serve as models for schools with similar demographics and may be contacted by other school districts for information or site visits.  Again, CONGRATULATIONS on your award.  We applaud you and your staff’s efforts to meet the needs of your students and provide them with a quality school program.