The 2008 Report Card for Parents, a searchable database of statistics on Georgia’s public schools, was recently released by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.
The Report Card, which has been published by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation since 1996, provides information for parents to make decisions about the quality of public education in Georgia.
"For the vast majority of parents, assessing the quality of a school can be a daunting task with unfamiliar terms and voluminous data. This report card offers parents the simple facts to aid in the assessment of their children’s education, whether they’re in a district or relocating," said foundation Executive Vice President Kelly McCutchen.
But Assistant Superintendent John Oliver said the 2008 Report Card for Parents is based on 2007 data and the 2007 report is based on 2006 data – making it confusing and outdated.
"I do not know whether a parent can examine the Report Card with confidence or not," he said. "I am sure (as a parent) I would examine it. I would also know and understand my child’s abilities."
Here is how Bryan County students did according to the Report Card results:
3rd graders (ranked out of 1,190 schools)
Richmond Hill Elementary School – ranked 187 with 95.5 percent achievement score and 42 percent of students exceeding standards.
Bryan County Elementary School – ranked 334 with 93 percent achievement and 31 percent of students exceeding standards.
5th graders (ranked out of 1,183 schools)
Carver Elementary School – ranked 143 with 95.5 percent achievement and 41 percent of students exceeding standards.
Bryan County Elementary School – ranked 550 with 88 percent achievement and 26 percent of students exceeding standards.
8th graders (ranked out of 486 schools)
Richmond Hill Middle School – ranked 54 with 94.5 percent achievement and 32 percent of students exceeding standards.
Bryan County Middle School – ranked 297 with 82.5 percent achievement and 18 percent of students exceeding standards.
High school (ranked out of 380 schools)
Richmond Hill High School – ranked 40 with 82.8 percent achievement and 40.8 percent of students exceeding standards.
Bryan County High School – ranked 266 with 54.6 percent achievement and 18.3 percent of students exceeding standards.
Last year, RHHS ranked 80 and BCHS ranked 281 out of 369 schools. RHMS ranked 39 and BCMS ranked 224 out of 476 schools.
RHES ranked 272 and BCES ranked 681 out of 1,176 schools – meaning the school system increased by a fairly large margin, with the exception of the BCMS, whose ranking decreased this year.
The data was provided by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and the Georgia Department of Education, see the results at www.gppf.org.