Issues


We need and deserve a School Board Representative  to bring fresh ideas and positive solutions. 


Student Achievement calculates an annual Turnaround Eligible School list. Identified schools have three-year College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score that is in the bottom five percent of the state, excluding non-traditional schools and state special schools. The list replaces the chronically failing school list that GOSA published in prior years. As outlined in House Bill 338 in the spring of 2017, the state's Chief Turnaround Officer will identify Eligible schools for turnaround. The list includes all schools with a three-year CCRPI average below 54.0. 

In Savannah-Chatham County, 8 identified schools that have three-year CCRPI averages below 54.0 are:

East Broad  - 46.5

Hubert -  48.1

Mercer - 50.5

Brock - 50.7

Shuman - 50.8

Myers - 52.2

Haven - 53.0

DeRenne - 53.5 

Georgia's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) is currently communicating letter grades (A-F). The A-F letter grade is based on the school's score on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), which is calculated by the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE)

The purpose of the report card is to give parents and community members a clear understanding on how the local schools are performing. Please click on the link below to see how Savannah-Chatham County is performing. Type name of school or Chatham County in Search browser.

https://schoolgrades.georgia.g


The Root Cause


By 3 years of age, there is a 30 million word gap between children from the wealthiest and poorest families (Fernald, Marchman, & Weisleder 2013). This means that 3 year old children from lower-income families hear a staggering 30 million fewer words than 3 year old children from higher-income families by the time they are 4 years old. There is a 30 million word gap between lower-income families and higher income families before these children enroll into a Pre-K Program. Such disparities between children from lower-income and higher-income families have a direct correlation in a number of areas: standardized test scores, grades, dropout rates, and college completion rates.


Improving Community Ties


We must close the 30 million word gap before our children enroll in kindergarten.  A broad range of school, family, and community partnerships must be offered to provide early intervention programs starting at the age of 2 years old. Our local government, non-profit organizations, community health agencies, faith-based organizations, small businesses, and large incorporations are multifaceted resources for improvement. Sharing and maximizing resources will have a direct impact on closing the gap that separates low-income families from higher income families in our community. 


One Size Does Not Fit All


A major factor to consider in our school district is coming to the realization that as schools are diverse, our solutions must be diverse. One size does not fit all and we have to treat all schools as such. Therefore, we must pursue different approaches to implementing practices in our diverse schools and communities. 


Dr. Tonia Howard-Hall feels that she must step forward and offer the voters of the 8th district a choice. 


"Let’s create great schools for ALL students and end the escalating pattern of underperforming schools in our community."