Georgia Releases 2014 School Climate Star RatingsPrint This Post
The Georgia Department of Education yesterday released its first School Climate Star Ratings. The 2014 ratings are based on survey results and data from the 2013-2014 school year.
School climate refers to the quality and character of school life—the “culture” of a school. A sustainable, positive school climate fosters youth development and student learning, which are essential elements for academic success, career-skill improvement and overall quality of life. The School Climate Star Rating helps determine whether a school is on the right path to school improvement.
“Research has shown us that school climate has a strong impact on student achievement,” said State School Superintendent Richard Woods. “The data used to develop the 2014 Star Ratings proves this once again. If your school has a positive climate, it’s giving students the environment they need to learn. You’ll likely see high achievement there – or a school that’s on the right track toward high achievement.”
Each school in Georgia received a 1-5 star ratings, with five stars representing an excellent school climate, and one star representing a school climate most in need of improvement. School Climate Star Ratings are an informational tool for schools, administrators, and parents; they do not affect the school’s College & Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score.
Following are interpretations of the star ratings, which also are outlined in the School Climate Law:
- 5-star schools ranked excellent according to the school climate index
- 4-star schools ranked above average according to the school climate index
- 3-star schools ranked average according to the school climate index
- 2-star schools ranked below satisfactory according to the school climate index
- 1-star schools ranked unsatisfactory according to the school climate index
School Climate Star Ratings are required by law. They also serve as a companion to the Department of Early Care and Learning’s Quality Rated program, which includes an assessment of the learning environment.
“Students cannot learn in environments that do not support them,” Woods said. “Georgia is committed to measuring the quality of its learning climates, and this aligned approach helps us assess that quality from preschool all the way through 12th grade.”
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