Hubert Middle School, part of Savannah Chatham County Public Schools, announced that the school has improved its score on the state’s College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) by 18.9 points compared to last year, reaching a score of 69. This significant increase was propelled by the school’s focused turnaround efforts, which have included a number of new initiatives including the introduction of i-Ready for math and English language arts instruction, rigorous professional development for teachers, and new STEAM programming. Hubert Middle School’s hard-won gains follow three years of being ranked in the bottom five percent of schools in Georgia.
“We are so thrilled to see how our targeted efforts to revamp our academic program are really paying off, as evidenced by our 18.9 point increase on the CCRPI. This measure validates that the initiatives we have put into place are working, while also reflecting notable gains by our lowest-performing students,” said Brian Dotson, Principal of Hubert Middle School. “At Hubert, we are focused on three main objectives—increased rigor, alignment of learning to standards, and aggressive monitoring of student work. We have embraced a data-driven approach to instruction to help students close the gap in both reading and math, and we’re incredibly proud of their progress. In just one school year, we moved from one of the lowest-ranked middle schools in the district to one of the top three.”
At this Title 1 middle school where approximately 94 percent of students receive free and reduced-price lunch, students have made significant increases not only in literacy, but across content areas. Dotson, who was a first-year Principal last school year, implemented i-Ready Instruction for English language arts and math and facilitated extensive training for teachers on how to use data from the i-Ready Diagnostic to inform teaching practices and differentiate classroom instruction. Dotson also replaced previously used assessments with far more rigorous formative assessments derived from the i-Ready program.
“Starting last year, we implemented i-Ready at Hubert Middle and other ‘transformation schools’ within the district to attack both literacy and math head-on, ” said Dr. Vallerie Cave, Executive Director of K-12 School Transformation for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools.
Hubert Middle School added an additional 40 minutes of literacy instruction to the school day, trained teachers to integrate literacy and math skills across content areas and introduced a new focus on STEAM and hands-on, project-based learning to promote greater student engagement. The school also addresses students’ social-emotional needs and provides a number of wraparound supports for families.