rajasthan: Performance Grade Index-District 2019-20 report: Rajasthan tops the list, Punjab second


NEW DELHI: Rajasthan leads in performance in school education with all of the three districts with Utkarsh grade (scoring 81% to 90% in a scale of 100) coming from the state with Junjhunu scoring the maximum (236 out of 290) in learning outcomes. In fact, in the second grade (Ati-uttam) in the new Performance Grade Index-District (PGI-D) 2019-20 report Rajasthan is significantly ahead of the second and third top states having 24 of its districts in this category. The top three districts in terms of performance are Sikar (488), Jhunjhuni (486) and Jaipur (482) out of a score of 1,000 points.

The other states whose districts have performed best in the latest index released by the ministry of education (MoE) on Monday are Punjab with 14 districts in Ati-uttam grade (scoring 71% to 80% in a scale of 100) followed by Gujarat and Kerala with each having 13 districts in this category. On the other hand there are 12 states/ UTs which don’t have any districts in the ati-uttam and uttam categories which include seven of the eight states from the North East region.

This is the third PGI report and so far no districts have managed to secure the Daksh grade (districts scoring more than 90% of the total points). The PGI-D scores are the aggregate score of six categories of educational attainment of districts viz., learning outcomes, effective classroom interactions, infrastructure facilities and student’s entitlements, school safety and child protection, digital learning and governance process. The performance of districts in each of these categories is presented in this section. The data sourced from the National Achievement Survey (NAS) and Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) however showed marked improvement in learning outcomes, access and infrastructure till the pre-pandemic period from the previous years. As per MoE, the pandemic period performance data is under compilation.


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The PGI-D report graded 725 districts in 2018-19 and 733 districts in 2019-20 across the States / UTs. The all India report showed that 33 States and UTs have improved their PGI score in 2019-20 compared to the previous year with Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Punjab and Arunachal Pradesh have improved their score by more than 20%. The only two states, namely Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have scored less than 2018-19. The Performance Grading Index (PGI) is a tool to provide insights on the status of school education in States and UTs at district level including key levers that drive their performance and critical areas for improvement.

The 12 states/ UTs which doesn’t have a single district in the Ati-uttam and Uttam (scoring 61% to 70% in a scale of 100) are Bihar, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhan.

Like in Utkarsh category, in the Ati-uttam category too Rajasthan has the highest numbers of districts, but here the top scoring district is from Kerala (Kannur – 461) followed by Rajasthan’s Bundi and Tonk both scoring 458.

In the Uttam category Uttar Pradesh (35) has the maximum number of districts, followed by Tamil Nadu (27) and Maharashtra and Karnataka with 25 districts each. With the majority of the districts in higher grades (Utkarsh and Ati-Uttam), Rajasthan has the rest of the six districts in the Uttam category.

Learning outcomes which carries 290 points or 48% of total points and measures progress of districts in qualitative terms during 2018-19 and 2019-20. In this category, only one district made substantial improvement over 20%, eight districts improved their score by over 10%. One district attained the highest grade of Utkarsh in 2019-20. Another 333 districts also improved their score in outcomes but there is no grade level improvement.

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