Ministry of Education releases report on Performance Grading Index for States/UTs for the year 2020-21

Source: The post is based on the following articles:

Ministry of Education releases report on Performance Grading Index for States/UTs for the year 2020-21published in PIB on 3rd November 2022.

PGI 2020-21 for school education: Punjab among top 7 states; outperforms Delhi once again”  published in Indian Express on 4th November 2022.

What is the News?

The Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education has released the Performance Grading Index(PGI) for States/UTs for 2020-21.

What is the Performance Grading Index(PGI)?

Purpose: To provide insights and data-driven mechanisms on the performance and achievements of the success of school education across all States/UTs.

Objective: To promote evidence-based policymaking and highlight course correction to ensure quality education for all. 

Parameters: PGI structure comprises 1000 points across 70 indicators grouped into 2 categories: Outcomes, Governance Management(GM). 

– These categories are further divided into 5 domains, viz., Learning Outcomes (LO), Access (A), Infrastructure & Facilities (IF), Equity (E) & Governance Process (GP).

Classification: PGI 2020-21 classified the States/UTs into ten grades viz., the highest achievable Grade is Level 1, which is for State/UT scoring more than 950 points out of a total of 1000 points. The lowest grade is Level 10 which is for scores below 551.

What are the key findings of the PGI 2021-22?

A total of 7 States and UTs namely Kerala, Punjab, Chandigarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh have attained Level 2 (score 901-950) as compared to none in 2017-18 and 4 in 2019-20.

The newly formed UT Ladakh has made significant improvements in PGI from Level 8 to Level 4 in 2020-21.

What is the significance of PGI 2021-22?

It is expected to help States and UTs to pinpoint the gaps and accordingly prioritize areas for intervention to ensure that the school education system is robust at every level.

It will also encourage states to perform better and to adopt best practices followed by performers.

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