Overall education in the state of Georgia earned a grade of C minus, according to a report released by a national education publication.
Education Week’s Quality Counts report focused on early childhood education, but it also covered categories such as chances for success, school finance and K-12 achievement.
Georgia’s grade put it just below the grade of C for the nation as a whole.
In the breakdown of grades by specific categories, Georgia is on par with the average, but it rises just above it in the “early education index” category by placing 17th.
In Georgia, “Nearly two-thirds of children between 3 and 6 years of age are attending school,” the report said. “The majority of those children are participating in either preschool (35 percent) or kindergarten (18 percent) programs, with smaller percentages enrolled in the early elementary grades.”
Among the other notable findings:
Affluent households have the highest preschool participation rate, with 64 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds in households earning $100,000 or more participating in preschool programs. Where household income is below $20,000, only four in 10 children are enrolled.
About half of Asian, black, and white 3- and 4-year-olds are enrolled in preschool, compared to about 40 percent of Hispanic and Native American children.
Private education providers serve a substantial share of the nation’s preschool population. By contrast, private schools educate a relatively small percentage of all kindergarten students. Four in 10 children enrolled in preschool attend private programs, compared with just 1 in 10 kindergartners.
The report was the 19th annual edition of Quality Counts, tracking key education indicators and grading the states on their performance and outcomes.
To see more of the report, go to: bit.ly/1BVSwj1.
To contact writer David Schick, call 744-4382.