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Local schools outperform state in assessments

ATLANTA -- Gwinnett County Public Schools and Buford City Schools bested state averages in all areas of the End of Course Test, according to a report released Tuesday by the Georgia Department of Education.

Students in ninth through 12th grade are required to take the state mandated assessment in core subject areas.

"I think it's a great accomplishment," said Jeff Barker, assessment director for Gwinnett County Public Schools. "There's a lot of initiatives in the schools that support EOCT...that have really helped us to continue to improve scores."

Buford High School Principal Banks Bitterman said the city's high marks were a result of "our focus on maximizing students' educational abilities, which will lead to the maximization of their opportunities."

In 2011 2012, the EOCT became Georgia's high school accountability assessment as part of the College and Career Readiness Performance Index.

In April 2011, the State Board of Education approved a plan to phase out the Georgia High School Graduation Tests, beginning with students who entered ninth grade for the first time in the 2011-2012 school year. For these students, the EOCT counts as 20 percent of the final grade, an increase from the previous 15 percent level.

Beginning this school year, End of Course Tests will be used as a factor of high school success for accountability purposes on the new College and Career Ready Performance Index.

At the state level, EOCT results showed student improvement in seven of eight comparable tests. In comparing the results to Spring 2011, students demonstrated improvement in U.S. History, Economics, Biology, Physical Science, Ninth Grade Literature, American Literature, and Mathematics I. The percentage of students who met or exceeded standards for Mathematics II decreased by one percentage point.

"It is encouraging to me to see student performance increase in the large majority of the End-of-Course Tests," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "End-of-Course Tests are more rigorous than the Georgia High School Graduation Tests, so increases are further testament to the great job our teachers are doing delivering the Georgia Performance Standards to students in a way that they are grasping."

Gwinnett County Public Schools scores-- Ninth grade literature: 87.6 percent met or exceeded the standard

-- American literature: 91.7 percent met or exceeded the standard

-- Biology: 80.2 percent met or exceeded the standard

-- Economics: 81 percent met or exceeded the standard

-- Math I: 76.6 percent met or exceeded the standard

-- Math II: 58.4 percent met or exceeded the standard

-- Physical science: 98.6 percent met or exceeded the standard

-- U.S. history: 77 percent met or exceeded the standardBuford City Schools scores-- Ninth grade literature: 97.3 percent met or exceeded the standard

-- American literature: 98.5 percent met or exceeded the standard

-- Biology: 97.2 percent met or exceeded the standard

-- Economics: 92 percent met or exceeded the standard

-- Math I: 97 percent met or exceeded the standard

-- Math II: 93.6 percent met or exceeded the standard

--U.S. History: 91.5 percent met or exceeded the standard

Comments

kevin 2 years, 5 months ago

Not one single test to see how well a person can read or understand what they read. Math and reading are the main two subjects you must be good at to go through life.

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Jan 2 years, 5 months ago

And how do you think one can do well on literature if they are not good readers with good comprehension? Would you be more pleased with the results if the name were changed to Reading American Literature?

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