Atlanta school board to consider five-star school rating plan

January 24, 2019 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta school board will devote a full day to fleshing out a district-wide plan to improve schools — an ambitious goal that starts with rating all of its schools.

The board will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the school district’s headquarters, 130 Trinity Ave. The board will discuss a plan to create a scorecard that grades how well schools are performing as well as a menu of options for how the district should respond when schools succeed or fail.

The rating system would be unique to Atlanta and include data that isn’t reflected in the state’s report card. A draft of the proposed rating system calls for schools to receive one to five stars based on factors such as student attendance, suspension and graduation rates, and how much schools are closing the gap between how well white and black students score on standardized tests.

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