Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS) Awards

As mandated by O.C.G.A 20-14-37 and State Board Rule 160-7-1-.01, GOSA develops award criteria under the Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS) and presents them for approval to the State Board of Education. Awards are given to schools with high academic performance and/or high academic growth.

In 2018, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) revised the indicators included in the CCRPI. As such, GOSA modified the SSAS award eligibility criteria and the State Board of Education approved the criteria in September 2018.

For the 2018 awards, GOSA used College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) data from the three most recent 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. On December 5, 2018, GOSA announced the 2018 SSAS award winners

Greatest Gains Overview

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

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 above, over the last three years and be excluded from GOSA's Turnaround Eligible Schools List and GaDOE's Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI)/Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) lists.[2] Table 2 below shows the Greatest Gains criteria by award tier.

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 GOSA's Turnaround Eligible Schools list or GaDOE's CSI/TSI 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 Content Mastery Score in at least the 93rd percentile. In addition, the three-year average CCRPI Closing Gaps Score must be at or above the 75th percentile in the state. 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 GOSA's Turnaround Eligible Schools List and GaDOE's CSI/TSI lists. Table 3 below shows the Highest Performing criteria by award tier.

Table 3: Highest Performing Criteria
Highest Performing*
Criteria Platinum Gold Silver Bronze
Content Mastery Score Percentile (Three-Year Average)** 99th 97th 95th 93rd
CCRPI Single Score Minimum in Each Year 90.0 90.0 80.0 80.0
Closing Gaps Score Percentile (Three-Year Average)*** At or Above the 75th Percentile
*Schools may not be on GOSA's Turnaround Eligible Schools list or GaDOE's CSI/TSI 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 Content Mastery Score in addition to meeting the other award criteria.
***Since Closing Gaps was introduced to the CCRPI in 2018, this criterion pertains only to years for which Closing Gaps data are available.

Click here to view information on the previous award criteria and 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, Content Mastery Scores, and Closing Gaps Scores in all three years (if data are available) 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 2018 CSI and TSI schools, visit GaDOE’s press release here.

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