NCSS stu­dent EOCT math re­sults clar­i­fied

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

In the story “Lo­cal EOCT scores im­prove; math tough” in the Fri­day, July 12 edi­tion, re­sults for the math por­tions of the End-of-Course-Tests re­leased by the New­ton County School Sys­tem read as though they were “av­er­ages” of stu­dents who passed.

How­ever, Al­li­son Jor­dan, NCSS Di­rec­tor of Test­ing, Re­search and Eval­u­a­tion, said the num­bers pre­sented in the ar­ti­cle rep­re­sent the “per­cent­age of stu­dents who met or ex­ceeded the stan­dards” on the math por­tions of the EOCT.

The math re­sults in the story should have read as fol­lows:

“In Co­or­di­nate Al­ge­bra, Al­covy High School stu­dents had 19 per­cent of stu­dents who passed (with 496 stu­dents tested); East­side had 29 per­cent of stu­dents who passed (with 314 stu­dents tested); and New­ton had 14 per­cent of stu­dents who passed (with 527 stu­dents tested) com­pared with the state aver­age of 37.

In Math I, Al­covy had 13 per­cent of stu­dents who passed (with 71 stu­dents tested); East­side had 29 per­cent of stu­dents who passed (with 42 stu­dents tested); and New­ton had 14 per­cent of stu­dents who passed (with 63 stu­dents tested) com­pared with the state at 29 per­cent.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, a small num­ber of stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in Math I be­cause the test was of­fered only to sat­isfy grad­u­a­tion re­quire­ments for those stu­dents.

In Math II, Al­covy had 55 per­cent of stu­dents who passed (with 469 stu­dents tested); East­side had 76 per­cent of stu­dents who passed (with 302 stu­dents tested); and New­ton had 53 per­cent of stu­dents who passed (with 479 stu­dents tested) com­pared with the state Math II at 59 per­cent.”

The Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion re­leased EOCT re­sults on Wed­nes­day, and pre­lim­i­nary test data pro­vided by the state show that NCSS high school stu­dents sur­passed state av­er­ages in three ar­eas of 2012-13 school year EOCTs, matched state scores in two ar­eas, and posted a two-point de­cline in one area.

Ac­cord­ing to NCSS of­fi­cials, 2013 marked the first year for the Co­or­di­nate Al­ge­bra test, re­plac­ing the Math I por­tion of the tests.

As ex­pected, scores across the state were low. All three New­ton high schools scored be­low the state score on the test.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Sa­man­tha Fuhrey said the school sys­tem has pro­vided sum­mer re­me­di­a­tion for stu­dents who did not pass the Co­or­di­nate Al­ge­bra EOCT; and said stu­dents retested in mid-June. Fuhrey said as soon re-test re­sults are fi­nal­ized, the school sys­tem will up­date the re­sults.

“The EOCT was more rig­or­ous than pre­vi­ous math as­sess­ments and the ‘cut score’ to de­ter­mine who passed the as­sess- ment has been in­creased as well,” Fuhrey said.

“We in­tend to work closely with our math team in an ef­fort to en­sure that we are pre­par­ing stu­dents to have a deeper un­der­stand­ing of math­e­mat­i­cal con­cepts as the “new” as­sess­ment re­quires more than the tra­di­tional re­sponse; it is no longer enough for stu­dents to sim­ply sub­sti­tute num­bers in for­mu­las to de­ter­mine an an­swer to a ques­tion. “Over time,” Fuhrey said, “our stu­dents will be­come ac­cus­tomed to the in­crease in ex­pec­ta­tions and rigor, and their per­for­mance will im­prove as well.”

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