By Greg Gullberg
April 08, 2013
Valdosta, GA - There's a new plan to give parents a detailed look at how their child's school is performing, and it will rely on more than just test scores.
The Georgia Department of Education will release grades for schools and districts on a scale from zero to 100, much like the students. The new system is called the "College and Career Ready Performance Index".
The grade will be based on factors such as graduation rate, performance on standardized tests and student attendance. The old system just measured schools by whether they were making "adequate yearly progress" or "needed improvement".
State officials expect to release the scores for the current school year in the fall.
The new system is a central part of the state's waiver from the federal program "no child left behind".