Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS) Awards

SSAS Awards under ESEA Waiver

As mandated by O.C.G.A 20-14-37 and State Board Rule 160-7-1-.01, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement is required to develop a Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS) and present it for approval to the State Board of Education. This system includes awards given to schools with high academic performance and/or growth.  In the past, award winning schools qualified according to their Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) status and their performance on state standardized assessments.  The awards have not been revised since Georgia received a waiver from ESEA. As a result, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) is revising the award criteria. These awards are distinct from the Reward Schools lists that the GaDOE has created in compliance with ESEA because all schools are eligible to receive SSAS awards. Reward Schools are limited to Title I schools.

2015 SSAS Awards

For the 2015 awards, GOSA used College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) data from the 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015 school years to determine SSAS awards in two categories: Greatest Gains and Highest Performing.[1] Each award category has four tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.  A list of 2015 award winners is at the bottom of this page.

Greatest Gains Overview

Greatest Gains schools exhibit high growth in student achievement by earning a three-year average CCRPI Progress Score in at least the 93rd percentile in the state. Additionally, schools must remain in the same CCRPI Single Score range, as displayed in Table 1 below, over the last three years and be excluded from the Georgia Department of Education’s (GaDOE) 2015 Priority or Focus School list.[2] Table 2 below shows the Greatest Gains criteria by award tier.

Table 1: CCRPI Single Score Ranges
CCRPI Single Score Range
90.0 and higher
80.0 - 89.9
70.0 - 79.9
60.0 - 69.9
Lower than 60.0

 

Table 2: Greatest Gains Criteria
Greatest Gains*
Criteria Platinum Gold Silver Bronze
Progress Score Percentile (Three-Year Average)** 99th 97th 95th 93rd
CCRPI Single Score Range Must At Least Maintain Same Score Range
*Schools may not be on the 2015 Priority or Focus lists.
**If a school spans grade clusters (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) and is eligible in one cluster, all other clusters must be at or above the 75th percentile for the Progress Score in addition to meeting the other award criteria.

Highest Performing Overview

Highest Performing schools exhibit high academic performance by earning a three-year average CCRPI Achievement Score in at least the 93rd percentile. In addition, the three-year average CCRPI Achievement Gap Score must be at or above the 75th percentile in the state to ensure the performance of the bottom 25% of a school’s students is not lagging. For the Platinum or Gold award tiers, schools must earn a CCRPI Single Score of 90.0 or above in all three years, while Silver and Bronze award winners must earn a minimum CCRPI Single Score of 80.0 for all three years.[3] Schools must also be excluded from the GaDOE’s 2015 Priority or Focus School list. Table 3 below shows the Highest Performing criteria by award tier.

Table 3: Highest Performing Criteria
Highest Performing*
Criteria Platinum Gold Silver Bronze
Achievement Score Percentile (Three-Year Average)** 99th 97th 95th 93rd
CCRPI Single Score Minimum Each Year 90.0 90.0 80.0 80.0
Achievement Gap Score Percentile (Three-Year Average) At or Above the 75th Percentile
*Schools may not be on the 2015 Priority or Focus lists.
**If a school spans grade clusters (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) and is eligible in one cluster, all other clusters must be at or above the 75th percentile for the Achievement Score in addition to meeting the other award criteria.

Click here to view the list of 2015 SSAS award recipients. 

SSAS Awards prior to 2011-2012

Click here for information on SSAS Awards prior to 2011-2012.


[1] Schools must earn CCRPI Single Scores and Progress Scores in all three years for all applicable grade clusters to be eligible for Greatest Gains awards. Schools must earn CCRPI Single Scores, Achievement Scores, and Achievement Gap Scores in all three years for all applicable grade clusters to be eligible for Highest Performing awards. For more information on the CCRPI, visit GaDOE’s information page here.

[2] This criterion allows for some volatility in CCRPI scores from year to year while ensuring that schools with high growth are not demonstrating lower performance in other areas. For a list of 2015 Priority and Focus schools, visit GaDOE’s press release here.

[3] This criterion ensures that schools with high achievement scores are not demonstrating lower performance in other areas of the CCRPI.