Data shows 3.6% increase in 5-star ratings for school
climate, positive correlation to reading proficiency
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Star Climate Star Ratings - 01.26.17
Financial Efficiency Star Ratings -
January 26, 2017 – The Georgia Department of Education
today released the 2016
School Climate Star Ratings for local schools, as well as the 2016
Financial Efficiency Star Ratings for local districts. These ratings are
provided as informational tools for schools, administrators, parents, and
communities; they do not affect a school or district’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score.
committed to providing – in a responsible fashion – information on school
performance for the use of educators, parents, and communities,” State School
Superintendent Richard Woods said. “The Financial Efficiency Star Rating helps
stakeholders see how districts are using the funds they’re allotted, providing
a baseline for future conversations, while the School Climate Star Rating gives
a clear overview of the climate and culture within a school, which is a crucial
factor for student success. The School Climate rating, in particular, has clear
ties to student achievement – and to third grade reading, which is a major
predictor of students’ later success.”
For the School
Climate Star Ratings, 15 percent of schools earned a 5-star rating (excellent),
39.8 percent earned a 4-star rating (above average), 28.9 percent earned a
3-star rating (average), 11 percent earned a 2-star rating (below
satisfactory), and 3.7 percent earned a 1-star rating (unsatisfactory) – an
increase of 3.6 percentage points in the number of schools earning the top
(5-star) rating. In addition, 1.6 percent of schools did not receive a rating
because they are virtual schools, which are not traditional brick-and-mortar
schools. Also, Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) and alternative programs do
not receive a rating because the students are in attendance for such a short
period of time.
Financial Efficiency Star Rating, 1.1 percent of districts earned a 5-star
rating, 4.4 percent earned 4.5 stars, 12.8 percent earned 4 stars, 19.4 percent
earned 3.5 stars, 17.2 percent earned 3 stars, 20.6 percent earned 2.5 stars,
12.8 percent earned 2 stars, 6.7 percent earned 1.5 stars, 5 percent earned 1
star, and no school districts earned 0.5 stars.
In response to
feedback from district stakeholders, the K-12 expenditures included in the
Financial Efficiency Star Rating were adjusted between the 2015 and 2016
rating, so a comparison between years is not valid.
To view the School Climate Star Rating
or Financial Efficiency Star Rating, visit ccrpi.gadoe.org. Choose a school district from the
drop-down menu, then select the school, and then select one of the following
report types: elementary, middle, or high school. Finally, click on the
“Financial Efficiency” tab or the “School Climate” tab. The Financial
Efficiency Star Rating is only available at the district level, and the School
Climate Star Rating is only available at the school level.
To view a
school-level rating, follow the steps above, but narrow down to an individual
school after choosing a school district from the drop-down menu.
School Climate Star Rating
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
assesses the climate of a school on a 1-5 scale using the following indicators:
– a measure of student, teacher, and parent perceptions of a school’s climate
Discipline – a measure of student discipline using a weighted suspension
and Substance-Free Learning Environment – school discipline incidents and
student survey responses on use of illegal substances and the prevalence of
violence, bullying, and unsafe incidents within a school
– the average daily attendance of teachers, administrators, and staff members
and the percentage of students with fewer than six unexcused absences
Each school in
Georgia receives a 1-5 star rating, with five stars representing an excellent
school climate, and one star representing a school climate most in need of
improvement. Interpretations of each possible star rating are below; this
information can also be found in the enabling
• 5-star schools ranked excellent according to the school
• 4-star schools ranked above average according to the school
• 3-star schools ranked average according to the school climate
• 2-star schools ranked below satisfactory according to the
school climate index
• 1-star schools ranked unsatisfactory according to the school
The below chart
represents the year-to-year change in School Climate Star Ratings for each
possible rating level.
1 star: 87
1 star: 83
2 stars: 224
2 stars: 251
3 stars: 660
3 stars: 665
4 stars: 904
5 stars: 258
5 stars: 341
interest is the link between a positive school climate and grade-level reading.
The data makes a compelling case: the better a school’s climate, the higher its
percentage of students reading on grade level by third grade.
percent of 3rd graders scoring at proficient learner or above on
2016 Georgia Milestones ELA
Financial Efficiency Star Rating
Efficiency Star Rating provides a measure of a local school district’s
per-pupil spending in relation to the academic achievements of its students.
Specifically, the rating is based on a three-year average of per-pupil
spending, which is then associated with the district’s CCRPI
score. Each district receives a rating ranging from one-half star to five
stars; a five-star district can be described as having strong academic outcomes
and lower levels of expenditures in comparison with other districts. This
year’s ratings are based on data from the 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16
districts have been given an opportunity to provide a response or additional
information which they believe will assist their constituents in understanding
the expenditures included in the calculation and the effect on the district’s
rating. To view the ratings along with district responses, visit ccrpi.gadoe.org. Choose a school district,
then select one of the following report types: elementary, middle, or high
school. Then click on the “Financial Efficiency” tab. The overall district
rating is displayed in each of the three report types.
for the Financial Efficiency Star Rating changed between the 2015 and 2016
rating, so a comparison between years is not valid. The changes were made to
better align K-12-only expenditures with the student achievement reported for
between the Financial Efficiency Star Rating and student achievement, similar
to the comparison above between the School Climate Star Rating and reading
proficiency, are not applicable because the rating itself includes achievement.
OCGA § 20-14-33
requires that the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, in coordination
with the Georgia Department of Education, create a financial efficiency rating.
The rating must be based upon five stars.