Dear Georgia Charter Community,
Georgia law requires all charter schools and charter systems to submit an annual report to the Department of Education each year and the State Board of Education to report to the General Assembly each year on the status of the charter school program [see O.C.G.A. § 20-2-2067.1(c) and § 20-2-2070]. To facilitate the meeting of these requirements, the Georgia Department of Education’s District Flexibility and Charter Schools Division each summer conducts an Annual Report process for charter schools and charter systems. The Department then compiles the Annual Report data along with academic assessment data and prepares and conveys to the General Assembly this report on behalf of the State Board of Education (see attached).
Georgia now has 382 charter schools, including 87 start-up charter schools (three of which are statewide virtual schools), 30 conversion charter schools, and 265 charter system schools in 28 charter systems (see pages 15-18).
Georgia’s charter schools on average have consistently outperformed non-charter schools on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) during the past three years (see page 24). Only start-up charter schools perform lower overall on the CCRPI than do other public schools. The CCRPI is the state-driven accountability system that replaced the federal government’s No Child Left Behind system based on Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
Charter schools also outperformed non-charters in the last year of the CRCT and EOCT administration (see pages 25-36). The CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competency Test) and EOCT (End of Course Test) were retired after the 2013-2014 Summer Retest administration.
Finally, the State Board of Education adopted revised Charter School Rules and a new Charter Systems Rule to implement legislative changes from both the 2013 and 2014 sessions (see pages 37-39).
Please note that this annual report includes definitions in an Appendix. Additional information on individual charter school or charter system performance may be requested from the District Flexibility and Charter Schools Division of the Georgia Department of Education or through the annual Report Card published by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.
Louis J. Erste
Associate Superintendent for Policy, Charter Schools,
District Flexibility, and Governmental Affairs
Georgia Department of Education
2053 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
Five Year Historical Data of Student Achievement
1. The 2012 results of Georgia Criterion Referenced Test (CRCT) placed PATH on the 2012-2013 Performance Empowered School with English language Arts and Reading scores of 90%-100%. To view a PDF of our recent test results, click here.
2. PATH has been a Distinguished Title I School for the past 4 years. The school has met Adequate Yearly Performance (AYP) 9 out of 10 years.
3. In the past 5 years, 10-15% of 8th grade graduates have been admitted to private high schools on scholarship. The average scholarship is $30,000/year.
4. PATH ranks 3rd among middle schools in DeKalb County School District behind 2 selective magnet schools. PATH received a 5-Stars rating from School Digger (http:www.schooldigger.com).
5. The school serves a significantly higher population of Limited English Proficient students. PATH has achieved a notably higher level of LEP students meeting and exceeding expectations in reading and math for 5 out of the past 5 years as compared to district LEP student performance.
6. Georgia Public Policy Foundation named DeKalb PATH Academy in 2008 and 2009 a “No Excuses” school.
7. The Hispanic population at DeKalb PATH Academy is disproportionately higher than the DeKalb County School System, which also correlates with PATH’s high numbers of LEP students. Hispanic students at PATH have outperformed district Hispanic students in meeting and exceeding requirements on the CRCT for 5 out of the 5 years in both reading and math.
8. PATH Academy serves a population of economically disadvantaged students that is higher than the district average. For this population of students, PATH has out-performed the district in numbers of students meeting and exceeding expectations on the CRCT in reading for 4 out of the 5 years and in math for 5 out of the 5 years.
9. Although PATH’s black student population is disproportionately lower than the district’s population, these students are also demonstrating high levels of achievement. DeKalb PATH Academy’s black students have outperformed district black students for 5 out of 5 years in both reading and math.
10. PATH has demonstrated performance index gains of students meeting and exceeding requirements on the CRCT over the last 5 years.
11. PATH Academy has demonstrated sustained growth and achievement in every grade level and in every subject for students meeting and exceeding requirements. Academic achievement growth is evident in every grade level from 2007-2012.
12. In the past 5 years, 8th grade students have outperformed students in DeKalb County School District, RESA, and the State of Georgia in the 8th Grade Writing Assessment despite the fact that there were significant high number of English language learners in the 8th grade (see attached graph).
13. The average daily student attendance for 5 years has been at 97%-98.8%. The numbers exceeded those of the DeKalb County School System and the State.