New college and professional maturity data shows some Georgia students are unprepared

ATLANTA — Only about two-thirds of Georgia high school students have mastered core subjects at a level that would allow them to advance to the next grade, according to new data released this week by the Georgia Department of Education (DOE).

The latest College and Career Ready Performance Index reports provide an overview of student performance across the state. Content Mastery score includes English, Math, Social Studies and Science. This year’s high school score of 64.7 is down from the score of 70 in 2019, when the last full data set was collected.

But in the “readiness,” which includes issues like literacy and computer science, things have remained stable. This year’s high school students earned 73.2, just over a point down from 2019’s 74.5. The new data also includes information on elementary and middle school performance.

The results from 2019 are not directly comparable with this year’s results due to changes in the reporting process caused by the pandemic.

States are required to collect this data under the Federal Education Act so that schools can be evaluated and held accountable. Georgia also uses the data to determine which schools need special attention and support. Data for each school and district can be found on the College and Career Ready Performance Index website.

This year, the DOE applied for and received federal approval for exceptions to the reporting of the data due to the COVID pandemic. As a result of the reporting changes, the DOE did not assign overall letter or number grades to each school and district as usual.

Going forward, the DOE will use the 2022 data as the basis for assessing school improvement.

State School Superintendent Richard Woods, a Republican who was reelected to his third term in office last week, acknowledged that the pandemic has taken a toll on Georgia’s students.

“Georgia will continue to have a strong focus on academic recovery,” Woods said. “We know the pandemic has had an undeniable impact on student learning – it is our role, responsibility and privilege to ensure districts and schools have the resources they need to continue investing in students and the impact.” combat lost learning opportunities.”

This story is available through a news partnership with the Capitol Beat News Service, a Georgia Press Educational Foundation project.