Communities In Schools provides social services support and resources to Atlanta students through a contract with the school district.
APS leaders have spent months developing a plan to rate all of its schools using some data that’s not part of how the state grades schools. The APS scorecard would judge a school’s success based on factors such as teacher quality, parent engagement, students’ social and emotional skills and standardized test scores.
The school district would use the rating results to determine which schools need to be reworked or expanded. If the board approves the plan, it would take several years to fine tune the rating system and implement it.
Critics contend the plan will lead to school closures and the outsourcing of schools to be run by nonprofit charter operators, as has occurred in other districts that have adopted similar approaches.