DOTHAN, Al (WTVY) - Georgia education officials say two Calhoun County schools (CCS) are "chronically failing." While superintendent of CCS Dr. Yolanda Turner strives for success, she understands that it won't happen overnight.
"The scores are not where we want them to be, however we did notice some growth,” explained Turner. "Although they're growing from one year to the next, they are still not at the level where they’re functioning on grade level."
Calhoun County elementary and middle schools along with 150 others are listed as ‘chronically failing’ on a Georgia.gov article. A school is defined as "chronically failing" if it falls short (under 60) three years in a row on the ‘College and Career Ready Performance Index’ (CCRPI).
"The teachers are so nice and helped teach us everything we need to learn,” said senior McKenzie Harp. “It was a smooth transition."
"It was a lot of hands on learning… and they taught us a lot of real world stuff here,” added senior Kalandra Cannon.
Both seniors feel as though their experience in Calhoun County was a great one that has made them college and career ready as they prepare for graduation this spring.
Both schools CCRPI score was in the mid-fifties in 2014, dropping to the mid-forties in 2015 and back up to mid-high fifties in 2016.
Middle school principal Craveous Butler is in his second year at the school and has noticed the change from 2015 to 2016.
“To see where my students and my teachers are now compared to when I first arrived, we are making some remarkable gains,” said Butler.
Improvements the community hopes to see with years to come.
"It's not going to happen overnight, but as long as we show the growth that we need incrementally, we will be ok,” pointed out Butler.
Superintendent Turner says they've incorporated a new math and reading curriculums to help bring the CCRPI numbers up in 2017.