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SB 0410 - Education; provide annual indicators of the quality of learning by students, financial efficiency, and school climate for individual schools/school sys.

Tracking Level: Hot
Sponsor: Williams,Tommie 19th
Last Action: 4/19/2012 - Senate Date Signed by Governor
Senate Committee: ED&Y
House Committee: Ed
Assigned To:
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation


            This bill would amend Part 3 of Article 2 of Chapter 14 of Title 20 of the O.C.G.A. to create an annual accountability assessment for schools and systems based on a numerical score and letter grade based on student achievement, gap closure, and student progress. It adds the DOE to the OSA for the responsibility of an annual review with indicators of quality learning, financial efficiency and school climate for individual schools and school systems.


            It requires indicators for quality of learning based on data regarding student achievement, achievement gap closure, and student progress., and completion rates for all students and by disaggregated subgroups as per NCLB, as amended.


            It would remove all previous criteria from the law for the OSA annual report card. The new measures of performances on the 3 areas would be compared to state standards and comparable performance as established by OSA in cooperation with the DOE and would have to appear on the report card.


            Possible criteria for financial efficiency might include how federal and state funds spent by systems impact student achievement and school improvement, to include actual achievement, resource efficiency, and student participation in standardized testing. School climate might include data from student health surveys, data on environmental and behavior indicators, data on student behavioral and school-based reactions, and teacher and parent surveys.  These 2 areas on the report card would have to be assigned 1-5 stars:, 1 being excellent and 5 being failing. Five-star schools would be ranked excellent; 4-stary schools would be above average; 3-star schools would be average; 2-star schools would be ranked below satisfactory; and 1-star schools would be ranked unsatisfactory.


            The OSA and DOE would be responsible for calculating school and system 1-100 ratings, as well, based on the indicators of quality of learning for student achievement, achievement gap closure, and student progress, with the majority based on student achievement. Data would be gathered from the DOE’s educational information system and shared with the OSA. School completion data would be included in the performance indicators of quality of learning for each school and system.


            In addition to the star rating and the 0-100 rating, the report card would have to contain a letter grade of A, B, C, D, or F with pluses or minuses. The Letter grade would come from the 0-100 rating. a financial efficiency rating, a school climate rating, and an explanation of the criteria used for those ratings.  The bill would no longer require financial rewards for performance, but it would allow them.

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