Kerala, Maharashtra and Punjab top 2020-21 Ministry of Education Performance Index

Kerala, Maharashtra and Punjab topped the 2020-21 Performance Index which assesses school education at district level, according to the Ministry of Education report.

Six states and one union territory achieved the highest Level 2 (L2) score in the department’s 2020-21 Performance Ranking Index (PGI), a single index for comprehensive evidence-based analysis of the system of school education.

However, no state has been able to reach the highest level of L1 so far.

The seven states and UTs that have received L2 are Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Chandigarh, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh are the new entrants at L2 level.

Punjab, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Kerala topped the 2019-20 PGI. Kerala, Punjab, Chandigarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh reached Tier 2 (901-950 points) in the PGI 2020-21.

Kerala, Punjab and Maharashtra scored the highest 928 points.

Chandigarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh scored 927, 903, 903 and 902 respectively.

Newly formed UT, Ladakh made a 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 highest improvement never recorded in a single year.

The ERP structure includes 1,000 points spread over 70 indicators grouped into two categories, namely results, governance management (GM). These categories are further divided into five domains – 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 categorized states and UTs into 10 ratings, with the highest attainable rating being Level 1, which is for the state or UTs scoring more than 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 bring about 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.

“The PGI scores and ratings achieved by States and UTs in 2020-21 demonstrate 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 and UTs on a uniform scale that encourages them to perform better and adopt best practices followed by performers,” a senior official from the Ministry of Education (MoE) said.

The Ministry’s Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSE&L) had designed the PGI for the States and UTs to provide information and a data-driven mechanism on school education performance and achievement .

The main objective of PGI is to promote evidence-based policy making and highlight course correction to ensure quality education for all. So far, DoSE&L has released the PGI report for the year 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. This report covers the year 2020-21.

Delhi, Karnataka, West Bengal, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu reached level 3 with scores between 851 and 900.

Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Ladakh and Tripura reached Tier 4 (801-850 points) and Tier 5 (751-800 points).

Bihar, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Sikkim and Telangana reached level 5. Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Uttarakhand were ranked at level 6 (701 to 750 points). Arunachal Pradesh reached level 7, scoring 669 points.