||Avg. Percentile Rank Across all Grades
Are you looking for East Cobb School rankings and not having any success finding objective current information? I found myself in the same situation a few years ago when we were considering a move from Smyrna as Trey approached Kindergarten. At the time, I found the Georgia Public Policy Foundation had some good information online that ranked schools by school system or by grade. The problem with this site is that the study was prepared in 2010 and based on data from 2009 and doesn’t give parents an accurate picture of today’s school rankings.
There are plenty of web sites like GreatSchools.org is pretty user friendly but it too uses 2010 CRCT data. I realized there is a real lack of current information available about school rankings and East Cobb School Rankings in particular. For that reason, I recently devoted a great deal of time to putting together a comprehensive analysis of the 2013 Georgia CRCT data (this information was downloaded from the Georgia Department of Education) so that parents can compare the different school options and determine which area of town they want to focus their search on. In this blog post, I’m going to focus on the East Cobb School Rankings for Elementary schools and subsequent posts will look at Middle and High school rankings.
I want to preface the report with the following: this is just an analysis of standardized test result data provided by the Georgia Department of Education. Test results do not necessarily mean one school is better than another…it just means that students at that school performed better on the material tested on the day of testing. There is great debate that schools put too much emphasis on “teaching to the test” so that the school shows well in the test results. If you are considering a move to East Cobb or anywhere in Georgia because of schools, you should consider other factors including whether or not the school is near or over capacity, is the physical classroom environment right for your child, does the school have special programs in a specific area that are a good fit for your child (ex STEM or International Baccalaureate program), etc. Before you decide that you want to move to a particular school district, take a tour of the school along with a few others and see if one feels like a better fit for your children. We used the standardized test results and school rankings as a starting point to narrow down our consideration set. Sope Creek Elementary was one of the schools we considering and the proximity to Sandy Springs and access to 75 along with a tour of the school helped solidify our decision.
I’m sure the table I posted above is going to ruffle some feathers and somebody who is a bigger nerd is going to poke holes in the methodology I used to come up with the ranking. I will be the first to admit that the method used to prepare the ranking probably has some holes in it (each school received an average percentile score for the 5 categories by grade test score (3rd, 4th, & 5th) and then I averaged the score across all 3 grades). What I do want to point out is there is an ever so slight difference in score between Timber Ridge, Sope Creek, and Mount Bethel and 9 of the 15 schools on the list are in the top 10% of elementary schools in the state.
Click on the report above to view the PDF version of our 2013 CRCT 3rd Grade Summary
Click on the report above to view the PDF version of our 2013 CRCT 4th Grade Summary
Click on the report above to view the PDF version of our 2013 CRCT 5th Grade Summary
According to the Georgia Department of Education, “the CRCT is designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in the state mandated content standards in reading, English/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. The assessments yield information on academic achievement at the student, class, school, system, and state levels. This information is used to diagnose individual student strengths and weaknesses as related to the instruction of the state standards, and to gauge the quality of education throughout Georgia.”
On to our analysis…click on the pictures below to download our reports. The 3 reports above only include the schools in East Cobb and allows you to compare their results in the 5 categories tested to the Georgia averages, Cobb averages, and see what percentile they placed in each category. If you are curious to see the raw data which contains all 1247 Elementary schools tested in the State of Georgia, download the 2013 Georgia CRCT Excel spreadsheet which contains the percentile rankings we have added in. The information might help you decide that another part of Metro Atlanta is right for you. As you will see, an overwhelming majority of the schools in East Cobb ranked above the 90th percentile and often there is not a bad choice when trying to decide. The raw data from the GA DOE was untouched and anything added for analysis purposes was highlighted in yellow with a solid black box around it.