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DeKalb students outperform state average on new end-of-course tests
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July 19, 2012 02:17 PM | 1091 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DeKalb County students outperformed the state average on two new subject areas of the state-mandated end-of-course tests, showing encouraging test gains across all grade levels.

EOCTs are given in 10 subject areas to high school students, and the exams serve as 20 percent of a student’s grade. This year, two new tests were introduced, Georgia Performance Standards’ Geometry and Algebra. While the state’s passing rate was 74 percent, DeKalb County students posted an 89 percent passing rate, exceeding the state’s rate by 15 percentage points. Of the remaining eight exams, DeKalb students showed gains in another five subjects and remained constant in two.

“These results reflect on the outstanding work in the classroom by our teachers and administrators, as well as the dedication of our students and parents,” said DeKalb Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson. “Together we are setting new standards of excellence for our students, and they are responding positively.”

The EOCT test results follow encouraging results on the 2011-12 Criterion Referenced Competency Tests, which are administered to students in grades three through eight. DeKalb students exceeded the state standard in third and fourth-grade Reading, sixth-grade Social Studies and seventh-grade Mathematics.

Of the 30 possible CRCT targets, DeKalb students showed gains in 24 areas with two additional areas remaining unchanged, outperforming the state average, which saw increases in 20 of the 30 targets.

“The EOCT gains, coupled with the CRCT results, show that our students are making strides across all grade levels,” said Dr. Atkinson. “While we are happy to see these results, we know we still have room to grow, and in the upcoming year we’ll challenge our students and our staff to achieve more. The CRCT proficiency rates are some of the best our district has seen in five years, and we plan to build on that momentum.”

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