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Students record strongest-ever overall gains on Georgia Milestones assessments

July 28, 2019–4:44 p.m.

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Georgia students showed strong gains on the spring 2019 Georgia Milestones assessments. Scores increased or held steady on 25 of 26 assessments – the strongest overall gains recorded in the five years the assessment has been administered. The percentage of students reading on grade level or above increased or held steady in every tested grade and both English language arts high school courses.

Floyd County Schools (FCS) saw historical highs and outperformed the state in 16 of the 24 categories. The largest increases were recorded in third-grade ELA (increased 17 points), sixth-grade ELA (increased 10 points), sixth-grade math (increased 10 points) and third-grade math (increased 10 points). The third-grade increase is particularly notable given the long-term impact of students’ ability to read on grade level by third grade.

“We attribute most of these gains to the passion and dedication of our incredible teachers,” said John Parker, FCS Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer. “MAP had a big impact on our scores by helping teachers find red flags early enough to address it and prepare for the end of course tests. Certainly, the focus on writing in elementary school with Zoi Philappakos had a big impact on all elementary achievement, and we’re excited to be implementing that into the middle and high schools this upcoming year.”

U.S. history and economics showed decreases due to the number of students participating in dual enrollment courses who did not have to take the end-of-course test. Fifth and seventh-grade math dropped one half of a point.

“We’re moving closer to our goal of becoming among the top 20 highest performing school systems in the state,” said Dr. Jeff Wilson, FCS Superintendent. “While we are strongly encouraged by our increases in student achievement, we also believe that a student is so much more than just a test score.”

2019 State Results

Comparison Charts & Graphs

Spring 2019 EOG – State

Spring 2019 EOC – State

2019 School & District Results

Spring 2019 EOG – School: Third | Fourth | Fifth | Sixth | Seventh | Eighth | .zip file of all grade levels

Spring 2019 EOG – District: Third | Fourth | Fifth | Sixth | Seventh | Eighth | .zip file of all grade levels

Spring 2019 EOC – School

Spring 2019 EOC – District

“A strong K-12 education system is essential to keeping Georgia the best state in the nation to live, work, and raise a family,” Governor Brian Kemp said“These strong results show impressive improvements in Georgia’s public schools, and I commend the educators and students of our state for their hard work.”

“We continue to see increased student performance across indicators – from Georgia Milestones to the SAT and ACT, graduation rate, and the number of students finishing high school with an industry-recognized credential,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “This is a testament to the hard work of Georgia’s teachers and students, and an increasing focus on educating the whole child and providing a genuinely well-rounded education. While these gains are worth celebrating, we cannot be all about the test – our job is to prepare students for life. I continue to support a reduction of state assessment requirements to the federal minimum, and more realistic and reasonable accountability requirements.”

Specifically, the percentage of students achieving the Proficient Learner level and above increased or held steady on 25 of 26 End of Grade (EOG) and End of Course (EOC) assessments, compared to 22 of 26 assessments in 2018. The only assessment for which the percentage of students achieving the Proficient Learner designation was lower saw a one-point drop compared to 2018. Students who achieve the Proficient Learner designation are considered on track to being college- and career-ready.

Comparison of 2018 to 2019 EOG EOC Combined
Proficient & Above increased 14 7 21
same 2 2 4
decreased 0 1 1
Developing & Above increased 11 6 17
same 2 1 3
decreased 3 3 6
out of 26 tests total

The largest increases were recorded in ninth-grade literature (increased 9 points), sixth-grade ELA (increased 7 points), third-grade math (increased 6 points) and third-grade ELA (increased 5 points).

Georgia Milestones’ Reading Status measurement – a Lexile score derived from reading and vocabulary questions on the ELA assessment – showed that the percentage of students reading on grade level or above increased or held steady in every tested grade and both English language arts high school courses. The largest increases were recorded in third grade (5 points), seventh grade (4 points), and ninth grade literature and composition (4 points).

The third-grade increase is particularly notable given the long-term impact of students’ ability to read on grade level by third grade.

 About Georgia Milestones

Students began taking Georgia Milestones assessments in 2014-15. The testing system is one comprehensive program across grades 3-12, which includes open-ended and technology-enhanced questions to better gauge students’ content mastery. The assessment was administered 100% online for the first time in the 2018-19 school year (with the exception of students who require a paper/pencil test as an accommodation).

Georgia Milestones assesses student learning along four levels of achievement:

Beginning Learners do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need substantial academic support to be prepared for the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.

Developing Learners demonstrate partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified by Georgia’s content standards. The students need additional academic support to ensure success in the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.

Proficient Learners demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.    

​Distinguished Learners demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are well prepared for the next grade level or course and are well prepared for college and career readiness.

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