Department of Education Releases Performance Scoring Index Report for States

New Delhi: The Ministry of Education on Thursday released the Performance Rating Index (PGI) for 2020-21, a comprehensive evidence-based analysis of the school education system in states and union territories .

The main objective of the PGI is to promote evidence-based policy-making and highlight course correction to ensure quality education for all, the Ministry of Education said.

“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. The DoSE&L (Department of School Education and Literacy) designed the PGI for States/UT to provide information and mechanisms based on data on the performance and achievement of school education success in all States/UT,” the department said in a statement. So far, the department has released the PGI report for the year 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.

The ERP structure includes 1,000 points spread over 70 indicators grouped into two categories — Results and Governance Management. These categories are further divided into 5 areas, namely, learning outcomes (LO), access (A), infrastructure and facilities (IF), equity (E) and governance process ( 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 should help states and UTs identify gaps and prioritize areas of intervention accordingly to ensure a strong school education system at all levels.

“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 2019-20 Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh are the new entrants at the highest level of any state so far,” the ministry said.

Newly formed UT Ladakh made significant improvement in PGI from Level 8 to Level 4 in 2020-21 or improved their score by 299 points in 2020-21 compared to 2019-20 resulting in the biggest improvement ever recorded in a single year.

“The ERP scores and ratings achieved by States/UTs in 2020-21 speak to the effectiveness of the ERP 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 in a uniform scale that encourages them to perform better and adopt the best practices followed by performers,” he said.

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