2016 School Climate Star Ratings for DCSS
Scores on the 2016 College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) School Climate Star Ratings have been released and reflect data from the 2015-2016 school year. “We are pleased with the majority of the School Climate Star Ratings for Douglas County schools,” said Chief Academic Officer Pam Nail. “Eighty-eight percent of our schools received a Star Rating of 3 or higher.
“Lower ratings in a few of our schools are not a reflection of disciplines issues,” Ms. Nail continued. “Increased participation in required surveys and cleaner procedures for coding absences can positively impact scores. No schools in our district had low scores due to safety issues. We will work with schools to strengthen their monitoring processes for survey administrations and coding absences to ensure that School Climate Star Ratings are a more accurate reflection of schools.”
School Climate refers to the quality and character of school life. It is reflective of the patterns of the students, parents and school personnel’s experience of school life and takes into consideration the teaching and learning practices, interpersonal relationships, norms and organizational structures. The rating is calculated using data from the following components: 1) Survey data from the Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0, Georgia School Personnel Survey and the Georgia Parent Survey which measures the perceptions of the school climate; 2) Student discipline data which looks at disciplinary practices within a school; 3) Safe and Substance-free Learning Environment which collects data from school discipline incidents and student survey responses on use of illegal substances, prevalence of violence, bullying and unsafe incidents within a school and 4) Attendance records for students, teachers, staff and administrators.
Douglas County School System Superintendent Dr. Gordon Pritz added, “Although this rating is helpful as are many other evaluation methods, the best way to evaluate a school is to visit it. We welcome the community to visit our schools and offer many opportunities. For example, Principal 4 A Day is offered in the first semester and Teacher 4 A Day will be March 28. I encourage you to submit your application to participate in this program and learn more for yourself about local schools.”
Georgia is the first state in the nation to include Star Ratings which began with the 2013-2014 school year. The School Climate Star Rating is a diagnostic tool to determine if a school is on the right path to school improvement. The Star Ratings are a component of the CCRPI and provide additional information but do not affect the CCRPI score of a school.
Although the School Climate Star Ratings have changed indicators over the past few years, Douglas County has a plan in place for future surveys to assure adequate participation and will implement a process for closer scrutiny of documented absences and their posting in the student information system.
Below are the Star Ratings for Douglas County:
For information regarding the calculation of the School Climate Ratings, refer to the following link: http://gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/Policy/Pages/School-Climate.aspx
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