The Georgia Private School Tax Credit Law (O.C.G.A. § 20-2A-1 through § 20-2A-7) allows student scholarship organizations (SSOs) to provide scholarships for eligible students to attend accredited private schools. House Bill 283 (2013) waived the enrollment and six-week public school attendance eligibility requirements if students would be assigned to a “low-performing school” if they attended a public school. The bill also requires the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) to determine a list of “low-performing schools” for this specific purpose.
For the purposes of House Bill 283, GOSA defines a “low-performing school” as a school that has a College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score that falls at or below the 25th percentile in its grade cluster (Elementary, Middle, and High School clusters).
Based on 2014-2015 CCRPI scores, schools with the following scores are “low-performing schools” for the purposes of this law (Updated May 3, 2016):
- Elementary Schools: 2014-2015 CCRPI score of 63.1 or less
- Middle Schools: 2014-2015 CCRPI score of 62.8 or less
- High Schools: 2014-2015 CCRPI score of 66.2 or less
This definition of “low-performing school” is solely intended to determine eligibility for SSO scholarships. Schools operated Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) received CCRPI scores for the first time in 2014-2015. These schools are not included when calculating the 25th percentile.
Important Update for 2015 CCRPI: In 2015, the GaDOE did not issue CCRPI scores for primary schools (schools serving K-3 or less only). Instead, these schools earned an “NA.” In these cases, eligibility is determined by the CCRPI score of the elementary school (grades 3-5) where the student would attend after the primary school. The GaDOE plans to revisit the formula to adjust the measure such that primary schools can receive a score in future years.
For more information on schools’ CCRPI scores or to find a school’s CCRPI score, visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website: http://www.gadoe.org/CCRPI/Pages/default.aspx.
For more information on SSOs, visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website: http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/External-Affairs-and-Policy/Policy/Pages/Tax-Credit-Program.aspx.