Georgia’s K-12 Achievement ranks 17th highest in the nation, according to an Education Week report released today.
In terms of absolute performance relative to other states, Georgia’s performance declined at higher grade levels. Georgia ranked 36th in 4th grade math and 40th in 8th grade math; 30th in 4th grade reading and 36th in 8th grade reading; and 47th in high school graduation rate. One positive note, Georgia ranked 9th in the percentage of students with AP test scores of a 3 or higher.
The good news is that it appears we are headed in the right direction. Georgia’s ten-year trend of improvement ranked it among the top 16 states in every measure above, with the 5th best improvement in 4th grade reading, the 10th best improvement in graduation rate and the 5th best improvement in AP scores.
Georgia needs to keep improving to catch up with several of our neighboring states, though. Below is a comparison:
|4th Grade Math||36||19||29||31|
|8th Grade Math||40||24||36||44|
|4th Grade Reading||30||25||12||31|
|8th Grade Reading||36||35||32||33|
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