Georgia Department of Education releases 2021-22 performance data
State education officials have released data showing how well Georgia’s public school students are doing. The College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) is usually issued annually as a type of “report card” that details how well schools and districts perform. Federal law requires states to have an accountability system for schools. This year, Georgia received a waiver due to the pandemic, so the data are limited.
However, the education department did determine how well students did in three areas: content mastery, readiness and graduation rates. According to the data, 63% of elementary school students, 60% of middle school students and 64.7% of high school students showed content mastery. Seventy-one-point-eight percent of elementary, 75.1% of middle school and 73.2% of high school students were ready for the next grade level. Eighty-four-point-seven percent of high school seniors graduated on time.
“Georgia will continue to remain laser-focused on academic recovery,” State Schools Superintendent Richard Woods said in a news release.“We know the pandemic had an undeniable impact on student learning — it’s our role, responsibility and privilege moving forward to ensure districts and schools have the resources they need to continue investing in students and combatting the effects of lost learning opportunities.”
The state’s recovery efforts include hiring specialists to work with schools, awarding grants to expand after-school and summer learning programs and establishing an Office of Rural Education and Innovation to help underserved schools.