Georgia students improved their performances on six out of the eight 2014 end-of-course tests compared to last year, according to data released July 2 by the Georgia Department of Education.
One test, U.S. history, saw no change from last year and another, analytic geometry, was new this year.
District-level results will be available by July 16 and school-level results will be available by July 30.
One-year increases were seen in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standards in coordinate algebra, economics, biology, physical science, ninth grade literature and composition, and American literature and composition.
State School Superintendent John Barge said the EOCT results demonstrate a positive trend
“Students and teachers are getting more and more comfortable with the standards and the results are showing it,” he said in a statement. “When results on almost all comparable tests increase, then we should be encouraged.”
However, Barge said, math is still a challenge.
“The analytic geometry and coordinate algebra results give us another look at the new level of increased expectation for student achievement that is coming with Georgia Milestones,” he said about a new testing system replacing the EOCT next year.
On the new analytic geometry EOCT, 35 percent of students met or exceeded the standard this year; on coordinate algebra, 40 percent met or exceeded standards.
“While these results seem low and different from what we are used to seeing, they are in line with what many national assessments say Georgia’s students’ college and career readiness level is,” Barge said. “We must address this head-on so our students leave our schools with the best preparation possible to succeed in life after high school.”
Students took the EOCTs for the last time this year.
Beginning next year, all students in grades three to 12 will take the Georgia Milestones.
The new testing system is one consistent program across those grades, rather than a series of individual tests.
It will include open-ended questions in English language arts and math to gauge students’ content mastery better.
“The expectations to meet standards are significantly increasing so we have a new and more realistic baseline of student performance,” Barge said.
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