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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Georgia Department of Education has released results of several End Of Course tests. Most areas of study show students holding their own or making improvements, but math courses show a need for improvement.

The reports says that improvements 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. However, only one student ion three met or exceeded the standard for Analytic Geometry- which is also a new field to be measured.

A bright spot was a 2% increase in American Literature & Composition, which stands at 93%. This was also up 2% at the 9th grade level.

Georgia Milestones will replace the End of Course test for students at the third grade level and up, next school year.

District-level results will be available no later than July 16 and school-level results will be available no later than July 30.

English Language Arts

Spring 2014 State-level Ninth Grade Literature and Composition

Spring 2014 State-level American Literature and Composition

 

Math

Spring 2014 State-level Coordinate Algebra

Spring 2014 State-level Analytic Geometry

Spring 2014 State-level Mathematics II: Geometry/Algebra II/Statistics*

Spring 2014 State-level Geometry*

* Mathematics II and Geometry results are not comparable to prior years. These tests will not be part of the Milestones program.

 

Science

Spring 2014 State-level Biology

Spring 2014 State-level Physical Science

 

Social Studies  

Spring 2014 State-level United States History

Spring 2014 State-level Economics/Business/Free Enterprise

 

Students improved performance on six out of the eight 2014 End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) compared to last year, according to data released today by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). One test (U.S. History) saw no change from last year and another EOCT (Analytic Geometry) was new this year.

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.

 

Summary of 2014 EOCT results:

  • 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.

 

For students who entered ninth grade for the first time in the 2011-12 school year, the EOCT counts as 20 percent of the student's final grade, an increase from the previous 15 percent level.

 

Students took the EOCTs for the last time this year. Beginning next year, all students in grades 3-12 will take the Georgia Milestones. 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 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.

 

Georgia Milestones will 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.

 

More Information

- EOCT Score Details

- EOCT Website

- EOCT Performance-level Comparisons

- Georgia Milestones

 

 

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