Education

More News | |

Georgia high schoolers improve on End of Course Tests

Statewide scores climb in all but one subject

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 11:32 AM
Last updated Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:31 AM
  • Follow Education

High school students across Geor­gia showed gains in seven out of eight subject areas on the 2012 End of Course Tests, exams that count for up to 20 percent of a student’s final course grade and measure effectiveness of instruction.

The passing rate dropped one percentage point from last year to 54 percent in Mathe­matics II, a course blending algebra, geometry and statistics, according to results released by the state Tuesday.

Students showed improvement by four percentage points in Math I, but the amount of students meeting or exceeding standards is still only at 65 percent.

This year the tests began to take on more significance as the State Board of Education voted to phase out the Georgia High School Graduation Tests, which previously were required to earn a diploma and were used to measure a school’s Adequate Yearly Progress.

Beginning in 2012-13, the EOCT will be used to measure school accountability under the new College and Career Ready Performance Index as the state moves away from No Child Left Behind requirements.

“It is encouraging to me to see student performance increase in the large majority of the End of Course Tests,” state Superintendent John Barge said in a news release. “End of Course Tests are more rigorous than the Georgia High School Grad­uation Tests, so increases are further testament to the great job our teachers are doing delivering the Georgia Per­for­mance Standards to students in a way that they are grasping.”

The state is expected to release district-level and school-level results later this summer.

Unofficial Richmond County results presented to the Board of Education on June 12 showed several areas with extremely low passing rates. School officials said they hoped the pass rates will increase once retests and makeups are factored in and released in late July.

Statewide, the largest improvement came in economics, where 77 percent met or exceeded standards, an increase of five percentage points from last year.

Passing rates increased by two percentage points in U.S. History to 68 percent; three points in Biology to 73 percent; one point in Physical Science to 77 percent; two points in Ninth-grade Literature and Com­position to 84 percent; and one point in American Literature and Composition to 89 percent.

HIGH SCHOOL TEST RESULTS

End of Course Tests count for up to 20 percent of a student's final grade and measure instruction effectiveness. The change from 2011 is in percentage points.

TEST SUBJECTSTANDARD MET OR EXCEEDED  CHANGE FROM 2011
U.S. history68%+2
Economics/Business77%+5
Biology73%+3
Physical science77%+1
Ninth-grade literature/composition  84%+2
American literature/composition89%+1
Mathematics I65%+4
Mathematics II54%-1
GPS algebra63%**
GPS geometry74%**


Note: **Algebra and geometry tests are new and were not administered in 2011.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Comments (10) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
Craig Spinks
817
Points
Craig Spinks 07/03/12 - 12:58 pm
1
0
John Barge...

has GAPubEd headed in the right direction.

But Dr. Barge's going to need strong, active support from all segments of our society if our kids are going to be successful in meeting national and international academic and vocational standards- standards which many of our kids aren't close to attaining.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

avidreader
3222
Points
avidreader 07/03/12 - 05:28 pm
1
0
Eleveners Burned Out!

This coming school year, with the EOCT being the "big daddy" test, scores will likely improve immensely. High School Eleveners have had to test in GHSGTs and EOCTs, and their focused energy went into the test that allows them to graduate. They also take SATs and ACTs (multiple times for many students). By the time May rolls around, and the EOCTs are on the table, the kids are totally burned out from testing. The 20%-of-the-yearly-grade thing is of no concern to many. Teachers jiggle numbers however they please anyway. Many prefer not to penalize the students for a less-than-adequate showing on the EOCT, and personally, I agree with this tactic. And yes, it is ethical for a teacher to allow a good, solid B student to finish the school year as a B student if the child already passed the GHSGT.

EOCTs should have become the graduation test many years ago, and the powers-that-be KNOW IT! Think of the cost of administering TWO major tests each year -- what a waste of taxpayer money.

lynn7044
190
Points
lynn7044 07/03/12 - 06:02 pm
2
0
This Is A Team and not a I plan

Getting Richmond students back on track is going to take a TEAM effort. Parents need to come to the PTA meeting, visit your child/ren school, email the teahers to just check-in, and look at your kids homework to see if all question have been answer. Teachers need to understand that all kids don't learn the same, sometime you have to match a student up with another student cause they learn from one another. RCBOE board need to get from behind the desk and visit our schools. Talk to the students to learn what can be done to improve our schools for students.

RCBOE board need a limit on how long they can seat on the board. When one board member stated that he is only there part-time cause he have real job. We need real board members who can give the time that is needed to get our students back on track. What happen to our teachers/parents advisory board that was stated would be started. The RCBOE members seem to lie about things when you force them to be accountable for things.

There are some teachers who need to be on notice about not doing there job. Good example, my students is in summer school taken a AP class and the teacher said, that the students is slow. Yet the student is A-B students pass all of the EOCT. She belittle the students, the students won't asks any question because of what is being said by her. Yet, she is an eductor at Laney Walker. I would question if all her students pass the EOCT. Now, a teacher like that need to be put on notice. When you have students who are not rude and come to class with the desire to want to learn more, she is hurt our children future.

Parents you need to also be accountable as well. School is not the baby sitters, it is there to train our student for a better life. It is your job to train your child and not the school. Don't show up at the school only when things go wrong. Stop being so lazy and spending money on weave when your child don't have basic school supplies. Teacher are buying so much basic supplies that they can't get the extra things they really desire. When there are PTA meeting come to see whats going on. Parents, don't come to the school and curse a teacher out when you know your child/ren have done wrong. All you are doing is saying what they did was "ok". Also, we need PTA in the high schools as well.
WE MUST WORK AS A TEAM TO SAVE OUR CHILDREN AS A TEAM

Riverman1
84007
Points
Riverman1 07/04/12 - 06:30 am
1
0
Lynn is Right

Helping Richmond Cty kids is a team approach. I am happy to see mentors being encouraged even to the point of paying them. Academic success is such a family and neighborhood influenced matter, serious role models along with structured tutoring are the key. We have to view helping this poorly performing school system as a project that requires out of the box thinking. Read The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy.

Craig Spinks
817
Points
Craig Spinks 07/04/12 - 06:46 am
0
1
Lynn7044 and Riverman1 are right.

Will the forward-thinking, student-centered RCBOE element led by Dr. Roberson and Mr. Dolan be successful in partnering with Dr. John Barge to bring critically needed academic and climate reforms to the RCSS?

Or will the self-serving, wussy element led by Pete Fletcher(who, incidentally, marks his 40th anniversary as RCBOE lawyer this month) and Jimmy Adkins continue to knuckle under to Billy, Paul and other local leaders whose business interests are inextricably linked to the hundreds of low-wage workers the RCSS graduates annually?

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

lynn7044
190
Points
lynn7044 07/04/12 - 09:21 am
1
0
Craig Spinks is So True

Well its about time that someone made a comment about RCBOE lawyer who makes $500,000 as a retainer. Jimmy Adkins is a true title of "Good old Boy". He said, that he does the board thing part-time. Our children future is a real job.
I don't understand why there is no time limit on these board member. Why won't the board start the advisory board that should be in place. It's a joke that if you go to board meeting you have no right to make a comment even if it's the topic at hand.
The local stations need to step up as well. You don't always hear about a meeting until the night before or the morning of the meeting. If a fun event is coming you will hear about it for days on in. We as a team must come together to make a stand for the next generation. There need to be more forum with Richmond County sheriff department on how they are going to work together about our schools and not just about for the election, on a regular basics.
RCSS need to get a 5 year plan to make board members,school leaders, teachers, parents,and students to sign a commitment for the good of our future. If the leaders are not doing there job get them out the way. We must start now.This is the year for Richmond County Schoo Systeml Accreditation is up for review. Lets fix the problem now.
Let's Save Our Student

Craig Spinks
817
Points
Craig Spinks 07/04/12 - 11:49 am
0
0
Lynn7044,

"There isn't much courage in Richmond County."

By the way, the SACS accreditation process is a money-making scam designed by privately employed educrats to enrich themselves and to provide cover for other self-serving educrats who work for local public school systems.

How do I know? I've seen the process from the inside.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

Craig Spinks
817
Points
Craig Spinks 07/04/12 - 11:57 am
0
0
Lynn7044,

Four million dollars have been paid by the RCBOE in legal fees to Fletcher, Harley & Fletcher since FY2004.

The inflation-adjusted total amount paid Fletcher in the forty years since he's been RCBOE attorney would fall in the $15-20 million dollar-range. And that doesn't count legal fees (.5% of the total face value of each entire issue) associated with bond issues. And it also doesn't count any "finder's fees" accruing to F, H & F from any bond-specialist law firms to whom F, H & F took the RCBOE bonds for issuance.

lynn7044
190
Points
lynn7044 07/05/12 - 05:33 pm
1
0
Craig Spinks

My question is what can we do as parents, educators, and people that just care to work to save our kids. It's ashame how people have just let this board do what it want without asking any question. The only time I saw people come out was when there was a problem with the transportation. See there should be advisory board with parents/and teachers. This board make so many choices without disclosing all detail. This attorney is another example of "Good Old Boy" with the RCBOE. Yes he is going to stay with the board, when you can have go to work and make that kind of money. I am sure we could have at least 100 teachers-aid to help our teachers. New books for all our school at the same time. When each school is not even learning the samething and not using the same book it is such a unjust to our children. It shouldn't matter what area you move that all school should be about on the same level and use the same books.
People need to come to the RCBOE meeting and demand that these board do there job or get them out NOW. Let's not start another school year with the same stuff, it's not fair to the future of our kids.
Tell me how have people in Richmond County let this school board just do what they want. I have never see such bad school management then I have here. Yes, I am here and I pay more property taxes here with as much of our students been short change.
Like the old saying, "if you want to keep things from a person, put it in a book." This is more ture here then I have ever seen before. Doing the military life and coming to this area was been a wake up. People that move here seem to care more about what's going on then people who have been here 15-20 plus years. That's truly a shame. These high schools need a PTA program in place.

Craig Spinks
817
Points
Craig Spinks 07/06/12 - 05:31 pm
0
0
Lynn7044,

Please e-mail me at craigspinks@aol.com.

Thanks.

Back to Top

Search Augusta jobs