Georgia releases 'School Climate Star Ratings'

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School climate refers to the quality and character of school life – the “culture” of a school. 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,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “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.


'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, or


'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...


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