Three New­ton schools re­ceive per­fect score from state

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The Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion re­leased the 2017 School Climate Star Rat­ings for all schools in the New­ton County School Sys­tem. The rat­ings re­flect school climate data from sur­veys taken by stu­dents, teach­ers and staff, and par­ents dur­ing the 2016-2017 school year. Included in the fi­nal cal­cu­la­tions are data from the Ge­or­gia Stu­dent Health Sur­vey 2.0, Ge­or­gia School Per­son­nel Sur­vey, and Ge­or­gia Parent Sur­vey, as well as stu­dent dis­ci­pline data and at­ten­dance records for stu­dents, teach­ers, staff and ad­min­is­tra­tors.

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 is one mea­sure that helps as­sess whether a school is per­ceived to be mov­ing for­ward.

School Climate Star Rat­ings are re­quired by law; they also serve as a com­pan­ion to the De­part­ment of Early Care and Learn­ing’s Qual­ity Rated pro­gram, which in­cludes an as­sess­ment of the learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

All schools re­ceived star rat­ings of 1 to 5, with five stars rep­re­sent­ing an ex­cel­lent school climate, and one star rep­re­sent­ing a school climate most in need of im­prove­ment. School Climate Star Rat­ings are an in­for­ma­tional tool for schools, ad­min­is­tra­tors, and par­ents; they do not af­fect the school’s Col­lege & Ca­reer Ready Per­for­mance In­dex (CCRPI) score. Star rank­ings are ex­plained be­low: ‘5-star’ schools ranked ex­cel­lent; ‘4-star’ schools ranked above av­er­age; ‘3-star’ schools ranked av­er­age; ‘2-star’ schools ranked be­low sat­is­fac­tory, or ‘1-star’ schools ranked un­sat­is­fac­tory. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the ma­jor­ity of New­ton County’s school scored a three or four rat­ing. Fairview Ele­men­tary, Heard-Mixon Ele­men­tary, and Mans­field Ele­men­tary each earned a per­fect score of five stars in 2017.

“Our New­ton County teach­ers and lead­ers are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that stu­dents are taught in en­vi­ron­ments that are sup­port­ive of and re­spon­sive to their needs,” said NCSS Su­per­in­ten­dent Samantha Fuhrey. “We con­tinue to study our sur­vey re­sults to make ad­just­ments that will lead to all schools achiev­ing five stars. It’s ex­tremely im­por­tant that our stu­dents, par­ents, and employees have a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence in our schools, and that they rec­og­nize our schools are safe and invit­ing and fos­ter a cul­ture and a love of learn­ing.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ms. Sherri Davis- Viniard, Director of Pub­lic Re­la­tions for New­ton County Schools, at davis- viniard. sherri@ new­ton. k12. ga. us.

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