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Georgia Students Show Increases on Majority of End-of-Course Tests (UPDATED 7/31)

SCHOOL-LEVEL RESULTS

SP12_school_USH.xlsSP12_school_USH.xls

SP12_school_ECON.xlsSP12_school_ECON.xls

SP12_school_9thLit.xlsSP12_school_9thLit.xls

SP12_school_AMLIT.xlsSP12_school_AMLIT.xls

SP12_school_MAI.xlsSP12_school_MAI.xls

SP12_school_MAII.xlsSP12_school_MAII.xls

SP12_school_GPS_GEO.xlsSP12_school_GPS_GEO.xls

SP12_school_GPS_ALG.xlsSP12_school_GPS_ALG.xls

SP12_school_PHY.xlsSP12_school_PHY.xls

SP12_school_BIO.xlsSP12_school_BIO.xls

 

SYSTEM-LEVEL RESULTS

SP12_system_USHISTORY.xlsSP12_system_USHISTORY.xls

SP12_system_ECONOMICS.xlsSP12_system_ECONOMICS.xls

SP12_system_NINTH GRADE LIT COMP.xlsSP12_system_NINTH GRADE LIT COMP.xls

SP12_system_AMERICAN LITERATURE.xlsSP12_system_AMERICAN LITERATURE.xls

SP12_system_MATH I.xlsSP12_system_MATH I.xls

SP12_system_MATH II.xlsSP12_system_MATH II.xls

SP12_system_GPS_Geometry.xlsSP12_system_GPS_Geometry.xls (no year-to-year comparison)

SP12_system_GPS_Algebra.xlsSP12_system_GPS_Algebra.xls (no year-to-year comparison)

SP12_system_PHYSICAL SCIENCE.xlsSP12_system_PHYSICAL SCIENCE.xls

SP12_system_BIOLOGY.xlsSP12_system_BIOLOGY.xls

SPRING 2011 SYSTEM-LEVEL RESULTS

NOTE:
School-level results will be available no later than July 31.

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July 3, 2012 – The results of the spring 2012 Georgia End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) show student improvement in seven of eight comparable tests. In comparing the results to Spring 2011, students demonstrated improvement in U.S. History, Economics, Biology, Physical Science, Ninth Grade Literature, American Literature, and Mathematics I. The percentage of students who met or exceeded standards for Mathematics II decreased by one percentage point.

 

In April 2011, the State Board of Education approved a plan to phase out the Georgia High School Graduation Tests, beginning with students who entered ninth grade for the first time in the 2011-2012 school year. For these students, the EOCT counts as 20% of the final grade, an increase from the previous 15% level.
 
“It is encouraging to me to see student performance increase in the large majority of the End-of-Course Tests,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge.  “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.”
 
Beginning this school year, End-of-Course Tests will be used as a factor of high school success for accountability purposes on the new College and Career Ready Performance Index.
 
Details from the EOCT Report:
• Sixty-eight (68%) percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for U.S. History.  This is an increase of two (2) percentage points when compared to spring 2011.
• Seventy-seven (77%) percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for Economics/Business/Free Enterprise.  This is an increase of five (5) percentage points when compared to spring 2011.
• Seventy-three (73%) percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for Biology.  This is an increase of three (3) percentage points when compared to spring 2011.
• Seventy-seven (77%) percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for Physical Science.  This is an increase of one (1) percentage point when compared to spring 2011.
• Eighty-four (84%) percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for Ninth Grade Literature & Composition.  This is an increase of two (2) percentage points when compared to spring 2011.
• Eighty-nine (89%) percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for American Literature & Composition.  This is an increase of one (1) percentage point when compared to spring 2011.
• Sixty-five (65%) percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for Mathematics I.  This is an increase of four (4) percentage points when compared to spring 2011.
• Fifty-four (54%) percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for Mathematics II.  This is a decrease of one (1) percentage point when compared to spring 2011.
• Sixty-three (63%) percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for GPS AlgebraThis test is new and was not administered last year.
• Seventy-four (74%) percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for GPS GeometryThis test is new and was not administered last year.
 
More Information About End-of-Course Tests
Any student receiving credit for a course that requires an EOCT must participate. The test serves as the final exam for the course and contributes 15% or 20% to each student’s final course grade as provided for in State Board Rule 160-4-2-.13. 
The purposes of the EOCTs are to assess student achievement of the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) in the designated core courses and to provide data to assist in the improvement of instruction and learning. The EOCTs also provide data to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction at the school, system, and state levels.

 

The EOCTs assess a sample of the knowledge and skills that educators agree comprise a complete curriculum for each course.  Georgia students have opportunities to learn – and are expected to master – much more than the tests address. The Georgia Performance Standards are the source of the knowledge and skills assessed on the End-of-Course Tests in the following courses: 

 

English Language Arts
-        Ninth Grade Literature and Composition
-        American Literature and Composition
 
Mathematics
-        Mathematics I: Algebra/Geometry/Statistics
-        Mathematics II: Geometry/Algebra II/Statistics
-        GPS Algebra
-        GPS Geometry
 
Science
-        Biology
-        Physical Science
 
Social Studies
-        United States History
-        Economics/Business/Free Enterprise 
 
Student performance is categorized into three levels:  Does Not Meet Standard, Meets Standard, and Exceeds Standard
 
More Information
-        2012 State Summary (Excel Spreadsheet)
-        EOCT Website
-        EOCT Charts and Graphs