Department of Education Releases Performance Grading Index Report for States and UTs

The School Education and Literacy Department of the Ministry of Education today released the Performance Rating Index (PGI) for States/UTs for 2020-2021, a single index for comprehensive analysis evidence-based school education system in states/UTs. “The Indian education system is one of the largest in the world with approximately 14.9 lakh schools, 95 lakh teachers and almost 26.5 million students from various socio-economic backgrounds. DoSE&L designed the PGI for the states/UTs in order to provide data-based information and mechanisms on the performance and achievement of school education success in all states/UTs.The main objective of PGI is to promote policy development evidence-based and highlight course correction to ensure quality education for all.So far, the DoSE&L has released the PGI report for the years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. This report is for the year 2020-21,” read an official statement.

The ERP structure includes 1,000 points spread over 70 indicators grouped into 2 categories, namely results, governance management (GM). These categories are further divided into 5 areas, namely Learning Outcomes (LO), Access (A), Infrastructure and Facilities (IF), Equity (E) and Process Governance (GP). ). As has been done in previous years, the PGI 2020-21 has classified States/UTs into ten grades, namely, the highest grade attainable is Tier 1, which is for the State/UT scoring higher 950 points out of a total of 1000 points.

The lowest rating is Level 10, which corresponds to a score below 551. The ultimate goal of PGI is to push states and UTs to undertake multi-pronged interventions that will produce the much-desired optimal educational outcomes spanning all dimensions. The PGI is expected to help states and UTs identify gaps and accordingly prioritize focus areas to ensure a strong school education system at all levels, the ministry said.

“A total of 7 states and UTs, namely, Kerala, Punjab, Chandigarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh achieved Tier II (score 901-950) in 2020-21 compared to none in 2017-18 and 4 in 2019-2020 Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh are the new entrants at the highest level achieved so far,” the statement added. New UT viz., Ladakh made significant improvement in PGI from Level 8 to Level 4 in 2020-21 or improved score by 299 points in 2020-21 compared to 2019-20 resulting in the strongest improvement never seen in a single year.

“The PGI scores and ratings achieved by States/UTs in 2020-21 are a testament to the effectiveness of the PGI system. The PGI score by indicator shows areas where a state needs to improve. The PGI will reflect the relative performance of all states/UTs on a uniform scale that encourages them to perform better and adopt the best practices followed by performers,” the statement added. (ANI)

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