2015 School Climate Star Ratings
Floyd schools excel in new state School Climate Star Ratings
Posted on 03/19/2015
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Eight Floyd County Schools rated 5-stars or excellent in the new School Climate Star Ratings released this week by the Georgia Department of Education.  Nine other schools rated 4-stars or above average in the report.  The system average in the Star Ratings was 4.32.  The 2014 ratings are based on survey data and information from the 2013-2014 school year. Schools were rated from 1-5 stars in the ratings.

Interpretations of the star ratings by the state are:
5-star schools ranked as excellent according to the school climate index 
4-star schools ranked as above average
3-star schools ranked as average
2-star schools ranked as below satisfactory
1-star schools ranked as unsatisfactory

According to the release by the state, school climate refers to the quality and character of school life - the "culture" of a school. A sustainable, positive school climate fosters youth development and student learning, which are essential elements for academic success, career-skill improvement and overall quality of life. The School Climate Star Rating helps determine whether a school is on the right path to school improvement.

Alto Park Elementary, Coosa Middle, Glenwood Primary, Johnson Elementary, Midway Primary, Pepperell Primary, Pepperell Elementary, and Pepperell Middle earned a 5-star or excellent rating in the report.

Armuchee Elementary, Armuchee Middle, Cave Spring Elementary, Garden Lakes Elementary, McHenry Primary, Model Elementary, Model Middle, Model High, and Pepperell High each earned a 4-star or above average rating.  Armuchee High and Coosa High both had a 3-star rating or average in the report.      

“Research has shown us that school climate has a strong impact on student achievement,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said in the release from the Department of Education. “The data used to develop the 2014 Star Ratings proves this once again. If your school has a positive climate, it’s giving students the environment they need to learn. You’ll likely see high achievement there – or a school that’s on the right track toward high achievement.”  

"When students are safe and enjoy their learning environment they are going to be successful," added Dr. Jeff McDaniel, superintendent of Floyd County Schools. "These excellent scores for our schools show our commitment to providing a quality learning environment to help our children to be the best they can be and ultimately reach their goal of Destination Graduation."