Georgia Ranks 13th in Nation, Beats National Average for K-12 Achievement, Report Shows
Georgia ranks 13th in the nation for K-12 achievement, according to Education Week’s 2019 Quality Counts report.
Georgia’s K-12 Achievement score of 74.4 was also higher than the national average of 73.0.
“We’ve set a course in our state toward a different kind of educational system – one that prioritizes a whole-child, well-rounded education instead of piling more and more layers of testing, accountability, and bureaucracy onto our schools,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Our work is certainly not finished, but we’re moving in the right direction, and I continue to see indicators that this strategy is working. I’m confident we’ve got the partnerships in place – from the Department of Education to the Governor’s Office to the legislature, along with strong leadership at the local level – to keep that positive trend going.”
The K-12 Achievement component is based primarily on students’ math and reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card. The measurement also takes into account a state’s graduation rate and Advanced Placement (AP) test scores.
The report also shows Georgia ranks third in the nation for the increase in students’ NAEP math scores from 2003 to 2017, and fourth for the increase in students’ NAEP reading scores from 2003 to 2017.