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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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