State EOCT scores re­leased

Re­sults show ‘pos­i­tive trend’ but stu­dents still strug­gle in math

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

State-level 2014 End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) were re­leased Wed­nes­day, mark­ing im­prove­ments in most ar­eas while si­mul­ta­ne­ously show­ing a large per­cent­age of stu­dents who still lack in test­ing for math.

High school stu­dents across the state im­proved pass­ing rates on six out of eight EOCTs com­pared to last year, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (GADOE). One test saw no change from last year, and one was new this year and, there­fore, un­able to demon­strate ei­ther im­prove­ments or de­clines.

One-year in­creases were seen in the per­cent­age of stu­dents meet­ing or ex­ceed­ing the stan­dards – the two pass­ing lev­els ac­cord­ing to the state’s stan­dard­ized test­ing sys­tem – in co­or­di­nate al­ge­bra, eco­nom­ics, bi­ol­ogy, phys­i­cal sci­ence, ninth-grade lit­er­a­ture and com­po­si­tion, and Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture and com­po­si­tion.

“Stu­dents and teach­ers are get­ting more and more com­fort­able with our stan­dards and the re­sults are show­ing it,” said State School Su­per­in­ten­dent John Barge. “The com­pa­ra­ble Endof-Course Tests demon­strate a pos­i­tive trend. When re­sults on al­most all com­pa­ra­ble tests in­crease then we should be en­cour­aged.

“How­ever, we do know that the more de­mand­ing ex­pec­ta­tions on our new tests could bring sim­i­lar re­sults to what we’ve seen the last two years in math.”

Thirty-five per­cent of stu­dents passed the new an­a­lytic ge­om­e­try EOCT this year. That num­ber is ex­pected to in­crease next year, just as the co­or­di­nate al­ge­bra EOCT in- creased from last year to this year (by three per­cent­age points), ac­cord­ing to GADOE.

“The an­a­lytic ge­om­e­try and co­or­di­nate al­ge­bra re­sults give us an­other look at the new level of in­creased ex­pec­ta­tion for stu­dent achieve­ment that is com­ing with Ge­or­gia Mile­stones. The ex­pec­ta­tions to meet stan­dards are sig­nif­i­cantly in­creas­ing so we have a new and more real­is­tic base­line of stu­dent per­for­mance,” Barge said. “While these re­sults seem low and dif­fer­ent from what we are used to see­ing, they are in line with what many na­tional as­sess­ments say Ge­or­gia’s stu­dents’ col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness level is. We must ad­dress this head-on so our stu­dents leave our schools with the best prepa­ra­tion pos­si­ble to suc­ceed in life af­ter high school.”

The fol­low­ing scores were pro­vided by GADOE and are rounded. - of Ge­or­gia’s stu­dents met or ex­ceeded the stan­dard for ninth-grade lit­er­a­ture and com­po­si­tion. This is an in­crease of two per­cent­age points when com­pared to spring 2013 - of Ge­or­gia’s stu­dents met or ex­ceeded the stan­dard for Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture and com­po­si­tion. This is an in­crease of two per­cent­age points when com­pared to spring 2013 - of Ge­or­gia’s stu­dents met or ex­ceeded the stan­dard for co­or­di­nate al­ge­bra. This is an in­crease of three per­cent­age points when com­pared to spring 2013 - of Ge­or­gia’s stu­dents met or ex­ceeded the stan­dard for an­a­lytic ge­om­e­try. The win­ter 2013 EOCT was the first ad­min­is­tra­tion for an­a­lytic ge­om­e­try - of Ge­or­gia’s stu­dents met or ex­ceeded the stan­dard for bi­ol­ogy. This is an in­crease of one per­cent­age point when com­pared to spring 2013 - of Ge­or­gia’s stu­dents met or ex­ceeded the stan­dard for phys­i­cal sci­ence. This is an in­crease of two per­cent­age points when com­pared to spring 2013 - of Ge­or­gia’s stu­dents met or ex­ceeded the stan­dard for U.S. his­tory. There was no change from spring 2013 - of Ge­or­gia’s stu­dents met or ex­ceeded the stan­dard for eco­nom­ics/busi­ness/free en­ter­prise. This is an in­crease of two per­cent­age points when com­pared to spring 2013

Ninety-three (93%) per­cent

Forty (40%) per­cent

Thirty-five (35%) per­cent

Seventy-five (75%) per­cent

Eighty-five (85%) per­cent

Seventy-three (73%) per­cent

Eighty-one (81%) per­cent

Eighty-eight (88%) per­cent

The EOCT ac­counts for 20 per­cent of a stu­dent’s fi­nal grade for those who en­tered ninth grade for the first time in the 2011-2012 school year, an in­crease from the pre­vi­ous 15 per­cent of the fi­nal grade.

This was the fi­nal time stu­dents took EOCTs. Be­gin­ning next year, all stu­dents in grades three-12 will take Ge­or­gia Mile­stones as­sess­ments. The new test­ing sys­tem is one con­sis­tent pro­gram across all grades in­stead of a se­ries of in­di­vid­ual tests. It will in­clude open-ended ques­tions in English lan­guage arts and math to bet­ter gauge stu­dents’ con­tent mas­tery and, with some ex­cep­tions for spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents with spe­cific test­ing ac­com­mo­da­tions, will be ad­min­is­tered en­tirely on­line by the fifth year of im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to GADOE, district-level EOCT re­sults will be avail­able no later than July 16, and school-level re­sults will be avail­able no later than July 30.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.