CONYERS - The Georgia Department of Education released School Climate Star Ratings for the 2017-18 school year Monday morning.
According to the GADOE, school climate 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,” said GADOE in it’s press release.
Each school in Georgia received a 1-5 star rating, with 5 stars representing an excellent school climate, and 1 star representing a school climate most in need of improvement.
With an average 4-star rating across all schools in Rockdale County Public Schools, seven RCPS schools achieved a 5-star rating, up from three schools achieving this top level last year.
These schools include Hightower Trail Elementary, J.H. House Elementary, Lorraine Elementary, Gen. Ray Davis Middle, Edwards Middle, Heritage High and Salem High School.
The ratings are based on survey results and data from the 2017-18 school year.
“Our stakeholders’ perceptions of our schools’ climate and culture are critically important to setting the stage for optimal student learning, achievement, and growth,” said Dr. Terry Oatts, RCPS superintendent. “As such, I commend our schools for their efforts to enhance their respective school’s climate and culture as reflected in a more than doubling of the number of schools achieving a 5-Star Climate Rating as part of our district’s 2018 CCRPI Report. I am proud of our district’s efforts to improve culture and climate at each of our schools. One such district-wide example is the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports at each of our schools. PBIS is an evidence-based, multi-tiered framework of prevention and intervention strategies that supports the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral success of all students. Also, we afford our schools Response to Intervention specialists to monitor and support the implementation of a multi-tiered system of student support to meet the various learning needs of students. Additionally, we provide Prevention and Intervention (P&I) Specialists for our schools to assist with managing significant behavioral challenges that may impede students’ progress. As a district, I am confident that we have a viable infrastructure to sustain positive school climate and culture.”
Out of Newton County’s 23 schools, 16 of them received 4-star ratings and Fairview Elementary, Livingston Elementary and Liberty Middle each earned a perfect score of 5 stars in 2018.
Out of 2,278 public schools in Georgia,only 577 (or 25.3 percent) of them received 5 star ratings.
“Our Newton County teachers and leaders are committed to ensuring students are taught in environments that are supportive of their needs,” said Samantha Fuhrey, NCSS superintendent. “We continue to implement and explore programs that address the social and emotional well-being of our students so that they are equipped to meet future demands of life beyond high school. Our school leaders, teachers and staff are to be commended for their hard work and effort. And a special congratulations to Fairview, Livingston, and Liberty for earning perfect scores in 2018.”
Included in the calculation is data from the Georgia student health survey 2.0, Georgia school personnel survey, and Georgia parent survey, as well as student discipline data and attendance records for students, teachers, staff and administrators.
These ratings do not affect the school’s College & Career Ready Performance Index score.
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