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Report cards for Georgia schools released

ATLANTA (AP) - State education officials say Georgia's elementary and middle schools improved overall during the last two years. But high schools on average are struggling to boost their students' performance.

That's according to new data released on Monday. The state is releasing two years of scores for school districts, including an update to previously released 2012 numbers.

The original 2012 numbers were the result of a similar system, rating schools on a scale of 100.

But some educators argued the original 2012 measurements didn't give enough credit for improving student performance.

The updated system changed that.

State officials say the scores are tool for parents and will help school leaders make needed improvements. The results are available on the state Department of Education's website.

The CCRPI measures on a scale from 1-100 how schools are performing. It adds another 10 points to schools with students enrolled in high-level academic courses or with high performing students in certain areas, including special education, those learning English and in high poverty areas.

To make sure there is an "apples to apples" comparison of the scores, the state has revised last year's numbers to make them more in-line with this year's calculations.

The state first released the CCRPI in 2012 as a new statewide accountability system. The release of the scores in May 2013 was considered a "study year." The DOE received feedback from school district and this year revised the CCPRI.

Among other things, the updated calculations have increased the rigor for the index, according to the state. Prior to the changes, school district officials complained the scores relied too heavily on Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) and high school end-of-course tests (EOCT).

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