Published Online: January 3, 2006

Georgia's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 2,032
Public school teachers 97,150
Pre-K-12 students 1,522,611
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $11.6 billion
Minority students 48%
Children in poverty 21%
Students with disabilities 12.2%
English-language learners 4.3%

Summary of Grades

Georgia scores at the national average in three of the four graded categories of education policy in Quality Counts and above the national average in standards and accountability.

The state has a strong showing for standards and accountability policies, scoring particularly well with indicators related to school accountability. For example, Georgia sanctions and provides assistance to all low-performing schools (not just those that receive federal Title I funds), and also provides rewards to high-performing or improving schools.

Georgia’s efforts in teacher quality match the national average. There is room for improvement in the area of teacher education and qualifications. For instance, the state does not require a minimum number of weeks for student teaching or a minimum number of hours for other clinical experiences during teacher training.

In the school climate category, Georgia’s score is at the national average. The state excels on class-size indicators, receiving full credit in this area. It has implemented a class-size-reduction program and includes class-size information on school report cards.

The state also scores close to the national average in resource equity. Among the three indicators in this category, Georgia fares the best on the coefficient-of-variation measure, indicating a lower-than average level of disparity in funding levels across districts in the state.

State Policy Report Card
Georgia Avg. State Score
Standards and accountability A- B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality C+ C+
School climate C+ C+
Resource equity C C
Overall Grade B- C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 37.92 40
Assessment 23.18 30
School accountability 30 30
91 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 25.9 35
Teacher assessment 24 30
Professional support and training 15 20
Accountability for teacher quality 13.65 15
79 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 11 15
School safety 15.83 20
Parent involvement 8.4 15
Choice and autonomy 17.5 20
Class size 10 10
School size 5 10
School facilities 10 10
78 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 24 33.3
McLoone Index 25 33.3
Coefficient of variation 26 33.3
75 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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