2017 Star Ratings
Half of System's Schools Earn 5-Star School Climate Rating
Posted on 01/26/2017
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The state has released star ratings for schools across Georgia and nine of Floyd County's schools received the highest rating of 5-stars in the School Climate Star Rating for 2016. The nine schools earning the top score are half of the schools in the county school system while statewide only 15 percent of schools earned the top 5-star designation.

We have become accustomed to rating systems using a star designation and 5-stars being the top rating for anything from hotel stays to an online purchase.  The state has now joined the trend by issuing star ratings for schools to indicate satisfaction with school climate and financial efficiency.    

In the climate star ratings, nine additional schools in Floyd County received a 4-star rating and one school received a 3-Star rating.  Once again, Floyd County Schools had no schools in the 2-star category (below satisfactory) or 1-star (unsatisfactory).  The School Climate Star Ratings are based on surveys of staff, students and parents, discipline incidents at the school, student survey responses about illegal substance use, bullying incidents, the percentage of average daily attendance of the school staff and the percentage of students with 6 or less unexcused absences.   

Star ratings indicate:

5-star schools rank as excellent
4-star schools rank as above average
3-star schools rank 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.

5-Star   🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Alto Park Elementary, Armuchee Middle, Cave Spring Elementary, Glenwood Primary, Johnson Elementary, McHenry Primary, Model Middle, Pepperell Primary and Pepperell Middle earned a 5-star or excellent rating in the report.  

4-Star 🌟🌟🌟🌟 

Armuchee Elementary, Armuchee High, Coosa Middle, Garden Lakes Elementary, Model Elementary, Model High, Pepperell Elementary, and Pepperell High each earned a 4-star or above average rating.  

3-Star 🌟🌟🌟

Coosa High had a 3-star or average rating in the report.      

"When you work and learn in a school where you feel good about the learning environment, children and teachers are going to be successful," commented Dr. John Jackson, superintendent of Floyd County Schools. "These excellent star ratings for the schools in our school system show our commitment to providing quality learning environments to help our children reach their highest potential." 

The state released both the climate and financial reports on the same day with Floyd County Schools receiving a 2.5-star rating on the financial efficiency release. The mid-point star rating in financial efficiency is significant considering the system operates a larger number of schools than systems of similar size in Georgia to provide smaller student populations and community schools.  The financial rating report does not provide individual school data at this time.  

The financial ratings use a three-year average of per-pupil expenditures and College and Career Ready Performance Index scores to determine a district's rating. The 2016 rating covers the 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 academic years.

The release of both star ratings on the same day provides a picture of the balance Floyd County Schools uses in ensuring quality educational opportunities for children of the community.  It costs more to operate small community schools but those schools provide a school climate that is appreciated by teachers, children and parents.