CCSD Students Continue to Excel on Georgia Milestones!

CCSD Students Continue to Excel on Georgia Milestones!

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Cherokee County School District students again exceeded State averages on the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests, which measure mastery of Georgia Performance Standards.  CCSD students have exceeded State averages every year since Milestones began three years ago!

Students in Grades 3-8 take Milestones End-of-Grade (EOG) exams every spring in select core subjects; high school students in specific courses take Milestones End-of-Course (EOC) exams (eighth-graders enrolled in the classes for high school credit also take these exams). Parents will receive scores for their children in August.

Results show the percentages of students classified as Beginning, Developing, Proficient or Distinguished Learners; these percentages also include English Language Learners and students who receive Special Education services. Although differing groups of students affect year-to-year change within a grade level, CCSD’s performance improved overall.

Continued exceptional performance on Milestones across grades and subjects shows that our teachers are successfully instructing students in mastering knowledge crucial to career and college readiness. I am so proud of the effort by everyone within our organization in collaboration with our students, their families and our community partners and volunteers to make important achievements like this possible.

New initiatives including the Instructional Framework standards for how teachers design instruction and assess student learning, the Professional Learning Communities groups for teacher collaboration and this coming school year’s introduction of new English Language Arts instructional resources – the first update in more than a decade – show our commitment to even greater success for every child.

For third-grade, the percentage of CCSD students achieving Developing to Distinguished scores was: 88% for Math (80% Georgia) and 79% for English Language Arts (as compared to 70% for Georgia).

For fifth-grade, the percentage of CCSD students achieving Developing to Distinguished scores was: 85% for Math (75% Georgia), 82% for English Language Arts (74% Georgia), 78% for Science (69% Georgia) and 83% for Social Studies (73% Georgia).

For eighth-grade, the percentage of CCSD students achieving Developing to Distinguished scores was: 83% for Math (79% Georgia), 87% for English Language Arts (80% Georgia), 66% for Science (58% Georgia) and 83% for Social Studies (75% Georgia) — these totals do not include eighth-graders in high school credit classes with EOC exams.

The mean scaled scores ranked CCSD in the top 15% of school districts in Georgia for reading across all grades, with middle schoolers in the top 10%, and placed CCSD in the top 10% for elementary school math.

For high school credit courses, the percentage of CCSD students achieving Developing to Distinguished scores was: 91% for 9th Grade Literature and Composition (84% Georgia), 91% for American Literature and Composition (82% for Georgia), 83% for Algebra (70% Georgia), 87% for Geometry (75% Georgia), 82% for Biology (70% Georgia), 80% for Physical Science (67% Georgia), 84% for U.S. History (76% Georgia) and 88% for Economics (72%).  The mean scaled scores for the tests ranked CCSD in the top 15% of school districts in Georgia, with the majority of assessments ranking in the top 10 percent.

As part of our focus on continuous improvement in teaching and learning, District and school leaders will analyze these scores in reviewing instructional strategies and School Improvement Plans. Milestones scores also contribute to the calculation of CCSD’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores.


CCSD Students Continue to Exceed State Averages on Georgia Milestones Tests

Category : CCSD

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.