4, 2019 – Georgia
ranks 13th in the nation for K-12 achievement, according to Education Week’s
Counts report released this morning.
K-12 Achievement score of 74.4 was also higher than the national average of
set a course in our state toward a different kind of educational system – one
that prioritizes a whole-child, well-rounded education instead of piling more
and more layers of testing, accountability, and bureaucracy onto our schools,”
State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Our work is certainly not
finished, but we’re moving in the right direction, and I continue to see indicators
that this strategy is working. I’m confident we’ve got the partnerships in
place – from the Department of Education to the Governor’s Office to the
legislature, along with strong leadership at the local level – to keep that
positive trend going.”
K-12 Achievement component is based primarily on students’ math and reading
scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as
the Nation’s Report Card. The measurement also takes into account a state’s
graduation rate and Advanced Placement (AP) test scores.
report also shows Georgia ranks third in the nation for the increase in
students’ NAEP math scores from 2003 to 2017, and fourth for the increase in
students’ NAEP reading scores from 2003 to 2017.
the report highlights areas for improvement. Georgia ranks lower on the other
two components of the Quality Counts score released earlier this year, ranking
33rd in the nation on the “Chance for Success” measurement, which includes
indicators such as family income, parent education, and adult income and
employment, and 37th for School
Finance. These are priority areas already seeing focused effort and
attention from across state government.
also important to note that the data is lagging. The School Finance score relies
on 2016 data, so it does not reflect the increased investments in education
Georgia has made in recent years – including the full funding of the Quality
Basic Education (QBE) formula in 2018 and 2019.
Week’s Quality Counts report consists of three indicators – K-12 Achievement,
Chance for Success, and School Finance – that are released in installments each
year. The K-12 Achievement scores were released this morning; more information
is available here.