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Henry students beat state on EOCT
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July 30, 2013 04:59 PM | 2301 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
End of Course Test results released recently by the Georgia Department of Education show Henry County Schools’ secondary level students improving or maintaining their achievement levels across six of the eight subjects tested.

The EOCTs are given to all high school students and some eighth graders, in April and May at the end of core subjects to evaluate their mastery of the content.

Similar to other state standardized tests, EOCT scores are reported by three performance levels: meets standards, does not meet standards and exceeds standards.

The marks indicate a higher number of students meeting and exceeding standards in U.S. history, physical science and Math II.

The average increase in the three subjects showing marked improvement was nearly four percentage points.

In Math II and U.S. history, four high schools beat the state and county averages: Dutchtown, Ola, Union Grove and Woodland. Union Grove exceeded both math and U.S. history averages by more than 20 points and the physical science averages by 14 points.

In physical science, four high schools also beat the state’s and district’s scores: Dutchtown, Locust Grove, Ola and Union Grove.

Henry County Schools Superintendent Ethan Hildreth noted the district’s focus on making progress in all testing areas.

“We are pleased to see increases in student performance in a majority of EOCT subjects,” he said in a statement. “However, we will not be satisfied until we see continuous progress in every subject area.”

Aaryn Schmuhl, assistant superintendent for learning and leadership services, said “there is still much to be done” to help all students achieve at high levels.

“We are working with teachers and administrators to ensure they have what they need in order to help students succeed in all areas,” he said in a statement.

The newly introduced coordinate algebra, replacing the previous Math I test, yielded the lowest results for the district.

“This was a common occurrence across the state, and state averages are reflective of the struggles felt in most every district,” schools spokesman J.D. Hardin said in a statement.

However, Henry students still beat the state average of 37 percent.

In fact, middle-schoolers shone on the new test, scoring more than 40 points above the state and county averages.

Austin Road, Eagle’s Landing, Locust Grove, Ola and Union Grove middle schools all scored in the 90s, while 100 percent of the test takers at Stockbridge Middle met or exceeded standards.

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