Georgia Earns a C-

January 14, 2014 11:30 am

by Eric The Younger · 8 comments

Students First released their grades of various states education climates. Unlike most grading systems, Students First rates the education policy in a state instead of student achievement. We have an overall grade of C-  and our overall GPA (their three grade average) is a 1.75.

Here’s the full release.

StudentsFirst Publishes Second Annual State Policy Report Card; Georgia Improves Grade For Its Education Reform Efforts
ATLANTA – Today, national education group StudentsFirst published its 2014 State Policy Report Card. Rather than rank states based on current student achievement levels, the report card evaluates whether states have the right policy environments in place to best raise academic levels from where they are today.
Due to the bipartisan efforts of Georgia legislators to pass teacher and principal evaluations last session, the state saw a grade increase on the State Policy Report Card. Georgia received an overall grade of “C-”, with a grade point average of 1.75 for its performance in three critical areas: elevating the teaching profession, empowering parents, and spending public dollars wisely.
“Georgia’s rise on the State Policy Report Card is a direct result of the hard work Governor Deal and our leaders have done to elevate the teaching profession across the state,” stated Bradford Swann, StudentsFirst Georgia State Director. “While the State Policy Report Card continues to serve as roadmap for policymakers, StudentsFirst looks forward to working with leaders on measures that increase fiscal transparency and accountability.”
According to Kirk Shook, a public school teacher in Oconee County, “I was pleased to see that Georgia is prioritizing effective teaching by ensuring that effective teachers and principals are recognized. However, we have much room for growth. Through smart, student-centered funding, Georgia can become a better steward of taxpayers’ dollars and ensure our children get the quality education they deserve.”
Focusing on enacting common-sense laws that ensure taxpayer money is spent wisely will be a top priority for StudentsFirst Georgia and its 70,000 members in 2014 and beyond. Only through student-centered funding, fiscal transparency and accountability can Georgia ensure our children get the quality education they deserve.
Charles Rutland, a public school father in Macon added, “If you are a school parent like me, and want to know what measures you should be demanding from your elected officials, this is your resource. Take it to your legislator’s office, drop it on their desk, and ask what they are going to do about improving your child’s school.”
The 2014 Georgia State Policy Report Card can be viewed, downloaded and compared to other states on the StudentsFirst report card web site here: http://reportcard.studentsfirst.org.

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peachpundit (@peachpundit) January 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

New post: Georgia Earns a C- http://t.co/tONJqvReFa #gapol

Thomas Adams (@GeorgiaCRE) January 14, 2014 at 12:48 pm

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Howard Roark January 14, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Who is Student First and what qualifies them to judge anything?

They may be highly qualified but who knows.

Ellynn January 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm

It’s the think tank started by former DC school head Michelle Rhee.

analogkid January 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm

That’s what you think.

:)

Justin Tomczak (@justintomczak) January 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Georgia Earns a C- — Peach Pundit http://t.co/v0oDZZ5T7p Work to do @MiOSullivan @StudentsFirst

saltycracker January 16, 2014 at 12:07 am

1.75 and HOPE is gone.

mpierce January 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

Putting the 1.75 into some context

We are ranked 14 out of 51
National average was 1.40
Last year we got 1.42