Bartow County School District scored higher than 70 percent of similar districts and Cartersville City Schools 56 percent on the state's annual rating of financial efficiency.

However, some individual schools in both systems scored even higher than their districts on the Georgia Department of Education’s Financial Efficiency Star Ratings for schools and school districts in Georgia.

Bartow County received 3.5 stars and Cartersville City Schools three out of five stars on the rating of a district’s academic achievement compared to per-pupil spending.

This is the fourth release of Financial Efficiency Star Ratings for districts but the initial one for individual schools.

The district measure was based on a three-year average of per-pupil spending in comparison to its CCRPI score, which rates districts in such areas as overall student achievement and progress.

The Star Rating gives each school district a rating ranging from one-half star to five stars. A five-star district can be described as having strong academic outcomes and lower levels of expenditures in comparison with other districts.

Bartow’s 3.5-star rating was based on a three-year average per-pupil expenditure of $8,570 and a CCRPI score of 73.2. It also placed in the 30th percentile, or higher than 71 percent, of districts in its same enrollment range in Georgia.

Each school's rating was based on a two-year per-pupil expenditure average.

White Elementary scored 4.5, and Cass High, Cass Middle, Woodland High and Adairsville Middle schools each scored four. The lowest rating went to Emerson Elementary at 1.5.

The county district's per-pupil expenditure increased from $8,564 in 2016 to $8,619 in 2018, the report stated.

Cartersville City Schools’ three-star rating was based on a three-year average per-pupil expenditure of $8,883 and a CCRPI score of 79.7. It also placed in the 45th percentile, or higher than 56 percent, of districts in its same enrollment size range in Georgia.

Cartersville High scored 4.5, and Cartersville Middle scored four. The lowest rating went to Cartersville Elementary at three.

The city system’s per-pupil expenditure increased from $8,714 in 2016 to $9,050 in 2018, the report stated.

State law requires the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and Georgia Department of Education to create a financial efficiency rating. The rating must be based upon five stars, a news release stated.

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