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      Georgia sees improvement in End of Course testing

      Tests showing improvement were Coordinate Algebra, Economics, Biology, Physical Science, Ninth Grade Literature and Composition, and American Literature and Composition. / MGN Online

      Newly released scores from the Georgia Department of Education show that Georgia students have improved their performance on six out eight End-Of-Course tests compared to last year.

      Tests showing improvement were 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 Dr. John Barge. "The comparable End-of-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."

      Speaking of math, one of the tests was newly added this year: Analytic Geometry, which 35 percent of students were able to meet or exceed the standard.

      State officials expect that number to rise just as new test last year, Coordinate Algebra, rose three percentage points.

      "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," said Superintendent Barge. "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."

      District and school level results are expected to be released in later in July.

      Spring 2014 State Level

      N Tested

      Mean Scale Score

      % Did Not Meet Standard

      % Meets Standard

      % Exceeds Standard

      Rounded Scale Score

      Mean Grade Conversion Score

      Ninth Grade Literature & Composition

      112505

      439.72

      12.30

      45.12

      42.57

      440

      86

      American Literature & Composition

      93689

      441.55

      7.47

      50.67

      41.86

      442

      87

      Coordinate Algebra

      124492

      395.08

      59.73

      31.44

      8.82

      395

      68

      Analytic Geometry

      97659

      390.043

      65.411

      28.873

      5.716

      390

      67

      Mathematics II: Geometry/Algebra II/Statistics

      4946

      388.02

      77.42

      22.24

      0.34

      388

      66

      GPS Geometry

      705

      393.60

      61.84

      37.73

      0.43

      394

      68

      Biology

      109030

      430.47

      24.97

      41.12

      33.91

      430

      82

      Physical Science

      71340

      452.44

      15.45

      32.80

      51.75

      452

      90

      United States History

      93645

      434.88

      27.20

      32.59

      40.21

      435

      84

      Economics

      59564

      439.61

      18.82

      39.12

      42.06

      440

      86

      Summary of results provided by Georgia Department of Education:


      ⢠Eighty-eight (88%) percent of Georgia's students met or exceeded the standard for Ninth Grade Literature & Composition. This is an increase of two (2) percentage points when compared to spring 2013.

      ⢠Ninety-three (93%) percent of Georgia's students met or exceeded the standard for American Literature & Composition. This is an increase of two (2) percentage points when compared to spring 2013.

      ⢠Forty (40%) percent of Georgia's students met or exceeded the standard for Coordinate Algebra. This is an increase of three (3) percentage points when compared to spring 2013.

      ⢠Thirty-five (35%) percent of Georgia's students met or exceeded the standard for Analytic Geometry. The Winter 2013 EOCT was the first administration for Analytic Geometry.

      ⢠Seventy-five (75%) percent of Georgia's students met or exceeded the standard for Biology. This is an increase of one (1) percentage point when compared to spring 2013.

      ⢠Eighty-five (85%) percent of Georgia's students met or exceeded the standard for Physical Science. This is an increase of two (2) percentage points when compared to spring 2013.

      ⢠Seventy-three (73%) percent of Georgia's students met or exceeded the standard for U.S. History. This represents no change from spring 2013.

      ⢠Eighty-one (81%) percent of Georgia's students met or exceeded the standard for Economics/Business/Free Enterprise. This is an increase of two (2) percentage points when compared to spring 2013.

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