Georgia education system gets poor marks in national report

Georgia’s education system earned low marks in a just-released national report.

The state lags in academic achievement, postsecondary and workforce readiness but performs well in offering parental options, data quality and fiscal responsibility categories, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

On Thursday, the group released the fourth edition of its Leaders & Laggards series, a state-by-state report card on k–12 educational effectiveness.

The report shows student performance in Georgia is below average. In particular, the state stands 6 percentage points below the national average in the percentage of eighth-graders who as score as proficient in math.

Georgia also earns a low grade in preparing its students for college and careers, and although 21 students out of 100 pass an AP exam, the state’s high school graduation rate is 11 percentage points below the national average.

However, Georgia does receive an above average grade in providing parents with strong school choice options and collecting and reporting high-quality education data.

To view Georgia's report card, checkout this link. To view the entire report, visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Leaders & Laggards website here.