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Georgia DOE releases final EOCT test results

POSTED: July 8, 2014 9:11 a.m.

The Georgia Department of Education released Wednesday the final state-wide results of the high school End-Of-Course Tests, showing continued issues in math but improvements in a number of other areas.

Students improved performance on six out of the eight End-of-Course Tests compared to last year, according to the data released.

One test (U.S. History) saw no change from last year and another Analytic Geometry, a new test for the last school year, saw just 35 percent of students meet or exceed expectations.

Beginning next year, all students in grades 3-12 will take the Georgia Milestones, which was recently announced by the state and which is quickly being implemented by Barrow administrators. The new testing system is one consistent program across grades 3-12, rather than a series of individual tests. It will include open-ended questions in English language arts and math to 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.

Georgia Milestones will also be aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) in English language arts and mathematics and Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) in science and social studies.

At the most recent Barrow Board of Education work session, principals and administrators noted some of the issues with having to implement the new testing so quickly – and especially the need to get the test fully online within five years and 30 percent online for Year 1 – and also the issue of not being able to easily compare results with previous years, like the scores just released.

However, Superintendent Chris McMichael said the new testing would be beneficial in going along with the district’s focus on improvement.

 

EOCT results

One-year increases were seen in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standards 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 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."

On the new Analytic Geometry EOCT, 35 percent of students met or exceeded the standard this year. The DOE expects the number to increase next year, as the Coordinate Algebra EOCT increased from last year to this year.

"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."

Key 2014 EOCT results:

•88 percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for Ninth Grade Literature & Composition. This is an increase of two percentage points when compared to spring 2013.

•93 percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for American Literature & Composition. This is an increase of two percentage points when compared to spring 2013.

•40 percent 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.

•35 percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for Analytic Geometry.

 

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