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North Fulton students fare well on End of Course Tests
by Nicole Dow
July 24, 2013 11:58 AM | 4350 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students in north Fulton schools outperformed their peers across the state on the Georgia End of Course Tests, according to recent data released by the Georgia Department of Education.

“I think we’re blessed in north Fulton to have a great blend of assets that … give the right ingredients for student success,” said Fulton County Superintendent Robert Avossa.

Those assets include a community invested in the value of education, a quality of living that attracts great teachers and principals, a school system that provides the resources and curriculum that help kids succeed, and students eager to take advantage of the opportunities provided to them, he said.

One hundred percent of students from Autrey Mill, Haynes Bridge, Holcomb Bridge, Northwestern, River Trail, Taylor Road and Webb Bridge middle schools who took the coordinate algebra test, a new exam last school year, were reported to have either met or exceeded standards.

At Crabapple, Elkins Pointe and Hopewell middle schools 98 percent, 97 percent and 99 percent of students, respectively, passed the new algebra test. Comparatively, the state’s pass rate for the test was 36 percent.

The geometry test was administered for the second year, and all Autrey Mill Middle School students who took the exam exceeded standards.

All north Fulton high schools surpassed the state’s pass rates of 86 percent for the ninth grade literature and comprehension exam and 91 percent for the American literature and comprehension exam. One hundred percent of students at Chattahoochee High School who took the ninth grade literature and comprehension test passed, with 77 percent exceeding standards.

Throughout Georgia, slightly less than half of high school students who took the physical science test exceeded standards. Eight north Fulton high schools — Alpharetta, Cambridge, Chattahoochee, Fulton Science Academy, Johns Creek, Milton, Northview and Roswell — had 59 percent of students or more exceeding standards.

More than half the students at Alpharetta, Cambridge, Chattahoochee, Fulton Science Academy, Johns Creek, Milton, Northview and Roswell high schools exceeded standards on the biology test, while only 36 percent of students statewide did.

With the exception of Independence High School in Alpharetta, north Fulton schools had a higher pass rate than the state for the U.S. history and the economics tests. Sixty-seven percent of students at Independence passed the history exam compared to 73 percent across the state, and 73 percent of Independence students who took the economics test passed, compared to 79 percent statewide.

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