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Performance Grading Index for Districts (PGI-D)

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Performance Grading Index for Districts (PGI-D)

Recently, the Ministry of Education has released the District Performance Grading Index (PGI-D) for the year 2018-19 and for the year 2019-20.

The Department of School Education and Literacy under the Ministry of Education has released the first such report PGI-D for the year 2018-19, and for the year 2019-20.

The objective of the PGI-D is to help the individual district prioritize areas in need of intervention in school education. In this way, they have to improve and take them to the highest grade.

PGI-D grades the districts into ten grades-

  • Highest achievable Grade is Daksh, which is for Districts scoring more than 90% of the total points in that category or overall.
  • The lowest grade in PGI-D is called Akanshi-3 which is for scores upto10% of the total points. Ultimate objective of PGI-D is to help the districts to priorities areas for intervention in school education and thus improve to reach the highest grade.
  • It is followed by ‘Utkarsh’ (81% to 90%), ‘Ati Uttam’ (71% to 80%), ‘Uttam’ (61% to 70%), ‘Prachesta-1’ (51% to 60%) and ‘Prachesta-2’ (41% to 50%). There is a total of 600 marks in the PGI-D structure.

These are divided into the following six categories:

Outcomes, Effective Classroom Transaction, Infrastructure Facilities & Student’s Entitlements, School Safety & Child Protection, Digital Learning and Governance Process.

Other similar initiatives –

  • National Achievement Survey: This is an initiative of the Ministry of Education. It provides a system based assessment on the effectiveness of school education.
  • School Equity Index: This index is released by NITI Aayog. It evaluates the performance of states and union territories in the schooling sector.

Key findings:

  • The top five best achievers are: Chandigarh, Gujarat, Kerala, Delhi and Maharashtra.
  • In both the years (2018-19 and 2019-20), no district has achieved ‘Daksh Rating’.
  • Three districts of Rajasthan, Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Jaipur have emerged as the best performing districts.

Source – The Hindu

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