Georgia school grades fall; officials call for changes

Overall grades for Georgia’s schools fell in the 2018-2019 school year, with Gov. Brian Kemp and state Superintendent Richard Woods repeating their calls Friday to overhaul grading methods.

Scores for all students statewide were 75.9 points on a 100-point scale, down from 76.6 points last year. Performance rose in high schools, but fell slightly in elementary schools and more broadly in middle schools.

Georgia’s system, called College and Career Ready Performance Index , seeks to grade schools on student content mastery, academic progress and readiness, whether underperforming groups are closing gaps, and whether high school students graduate on time. This was the second year for the current scoring system after an overhaul.

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