The Georgia Private School Tax Credit Law (O.C.G.A. § 20-2A) 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 2013-2014 CCRPI scores, schools with the following scores are “low-performing schools” for the purposes of this law:
- Elementary Schools: 2013-2014 CCRPI score of 65.9 or less
- Middle Schools: 2013-2014 CCRPI score of 67.5 or less
- High Schools: 2013-2014 CCRPI score of 60.8 or less
This definition of “low-performing school” is solely intended to determine eligibility for SSO scholarships.
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.