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South Fulton students make double-digit EOCT gains
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July 30, 2013 04:57 PM | 2499 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgia End of Course Test results released by the state Department of Education this month show south Fulton’s Banneker, Langston Hughes, McClarin, Tri-Cities and Westlake high schools made double-digit gains in the percentages of students passing GPS Geometry.

Some advances were greater than others.

McClarin went from 13 percent passing in 2012 to more than 50 percent passing in 2013.

Tri-Cities gained 20 percentage points, from 28 to 48, in the same interval.

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.

Fulton County students are continuing a trend of high performance, Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa, Ed.D., said in a statement.

“As the curriculum standards for Georgia become more academically rigorous, the expectations of the End of Course Tests increase as well,” he said. “Many of our students and schools are meeting this increased challenge and doing very well at it.”

Creekside, Langston Hughes and Westlake showed double-digit gains in the percentage of students exceeding standards on the economics test, with Creekside gaining a full 20 points.

Other double-digit gains in the exceeds category were made by McClarin on the biology test – going from zero to 13 percent – and Tri-Cities and Westlake on the physical science test.

Passing scores in GPS algebra, though, were below 50 percent system-wide.

“The [EOCTs] also help us identify areas where we can improve and provide more academic support to students,” Avossa said. “We can – and must – do better if we want our kids to be prepared for college and the workforce.”

A bigger stumbling block for local schools, the system and the state was the new coordinate algebra test.

The state posted a 37 percent passing rate, the system 47 and south Fulton schools between 5 and 19 percent.

State Superintendent John Barge said this was expected.

“The new cut scores on the coordinate algebra test are more in line with the higher level of expectations required for students to get into post-secondary institutions and not need remediation, as well as the expectations many of today’s jobs require, which is why fewer students met or exceeded the standard,” he said in a statement.

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