Cherokee County School District students for the second consecutive year exceeded State averages on the 2016 Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests, which are used to assess the mastery of Georgia Performance Standards.
Milestones End-of-Grade (EOG) exams are administered every spring in Grades 3-8 in the subjects of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies; Milestones End-of-Course (EOC) exams are administered for designated high school courses… and, middle school students who are taking any of those courses for high school credit must also take the EOC for that subject.
The tests include open-ended questions to better assess students’ content mastery; and, with some exceptions for special education students with specific testing accommodations, the tests will be administered entirely online to students statewide within five years. CCSD already has met the State’s five-year goal!
While Milestones’ Achievement Levels are reported as percentages of students who are Beginning, Developing, Proficient or Distinguished Learners, it should be noted that these percentages include English Language Learners and students who receive Special Education services. Although comparing scores from year to year is not an accurate reflection of success due to differing groups of students being assessed, average scores have increased overall for CCSD.
“We congratulate our students, teachers and administrators for their continued exceptional performance on these new tests, which shows they’re mastering knowledge crucial to career and college readiness, and we have set our sights on greater success for every child in the coming year,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.
For third-grade, the percentage of CCSD students achieving Developing to Distinguished scores was: 76% for English Language Arts (as compared to 67% for Georgia), 88% for Math (79% Georgia), 84% for Science (76% Georgia) and 84% for Social Studies (75% Georgia).
For fifth-grade, the percentage of CCSD students achieving Developing to Distinguished scores was: 82% for English Language Arts (75% Georgia), 84% for Math (74% Georgia), 80% for Science (70% Georgia) and 83% for Social Studies (75% Georgia).
For eighth-grade, the percentage of CCSD students achieving Developing to Distinguished scores was: 89% for English Language Arts (80% Georgia), 89% for Math (79% Georgia), 74% for Science (65% Georgia) and 84% for Social Studies (75% Georgia). Math and science totals include EOG and EOC tests.
For high school credit courses, the percentage of CCSD students achieving Developing to Distinguished scores was: 88% for 9th Grade Literature and Composition (78% Georgia), 86% for Algebra (70% Georgia), 88% for American Literature and Composition (76% for Georgia), 87% for Analytic Geometry (70% Georgia), 81% for Biology (68% Georgia), 79% for Physical Science (66% Georgia), 88% for U.S. History (77% Georgia) and 87% for Economics (81%).
District and school leadership teams are analyzing these scores to improve teaching and learning strategies and School Improvement Plans. These scores are counted toward calculation of CCSD’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores; while the 2016 scores were not used to determine if students are ready to be promoted to the next grade, future results will be used for this purpose.