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Dougherty End-of-Course Test results show upward trend

DCSS curriculum chief Ufot Inyang pleased with results, says more work to do

Ufot Inyang

Ufot Inyang

ALBANY — Dougherty County Curriculum Director Ufor Inyang said Friday that the district’s results of the End-of-Course Tests for 2014 show a positive trend even as it also indicates much room for continued growth.

DCSS high school students showed improved performance on five out of the eight 2014 End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) compared to last year, according to data released by the Georgia Department of Education. U.S. history, similar to state results, saw no change from last year, while the district dropped by one percentage point in coordinate algebra, where 18 percent of students met and exceeded the standard, compared to 19 percent last year.

One-year increases ranged from three percentage points in students meeting and exceeding standards in biology to as high as 16 percentage points in physical science.

“While there is much room for continued growth in every content area, we continue to face challenges in mathematics where performances in both coordinate algebra and analytic geometry (the latter administered for the first time this year), represent the new and increased level of rigor and expectations that we must now come to expect with the new Georgia Milestones,” Inyang said. “We remain determined to continue to show yearly gains and closing the performance gap between the state and DCSS in every content area through a variety of strategies including ongoing teacher preparation and professional development, among others. We feel confident that we are on our way.”

Inyang released a summary of the 2014 DCSS results which show the following:

— Eighty percent of DCSS students met or exceeded the standards for ninth-grade literature and composition. This is an increase of seven percentage points when compared to spring 2013.

— Eighty-Five percent of DCSS students met or exceeded the standards for American literature and composition. This is an increase of five percentage points when compared to spring 2013.

— Eighteen percent of DCSS students met or exceeded the standards for coordinate algebra. This represents a decrease of one percentage point when compared to spring 2013.

— Twelve percent of DCSS students met or exceeded the standards for analytic geometry. This was the first administration for analytic geometry.

— Sixty percent of DCSS students met or exceeded the standards for biology. This is an increase of three percentage points when compared to spring 2013.

— Seventy-seven percent of DCSS students met or exceeded the standards in physical science. This represents a sixteen percentage points increase when compared to spring 2013.

— Forty-one of DCSS students met or exceeded the standards for U.S. history. This represents no change from spring 2013.

— Fifty-eight of DCSS students met or exceeded the standards for economics. This is an increase of five percentage points when compared to spring 2013.

Students took the EOCTs for the last time this year. Beginning next year, all students in grades 3-12 will take the Georgia Milestones. The new testing system is one designed to be a consistent program across grades 3-12, rather than a series of individual tests. It will include open-ended questions in English language arts and math to better gauge students’ content mastery and, with some exceptions for special education students with specific testing accommodations, will be administered entirely online by the fifth year of implementation.

Georgia Milestones will be aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards in English language arts and mathematics, and Georgia performance standards in science and social studies.