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2016-2017 End-of-Course Results

Statewide assessment results released July 20, 2017, reflect how Georgia students who took a high school credit bearing course that required an End-of-Course test in English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Spanning from grades 3 through high school, the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS) or Georgia Milestones measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies content standards, and it provides information about each student's achievement and readiness for the next level of learning—be it the next grade, course, or endeavor such as college or career (Georgia Department of Education Student Score Report, 2015).

GMAS results, in part, serve as a barometer to gauge the quality of educational opportunity provided throughout Clayton County Public Schools. The results provide teachers, students, and parents with useful information that can be used to identify school and student strengths, as well as areas in which students and schools need support. EOC results also serve as a key component of the state’s accountability system called the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). For more information about the district’s performance, review each attachment.

Achievement Levels and Proficiency Rates Description
The GMAS identifies how well students performed based on four achievement levels. They are Beginning Learner, Developing Learner, Proficient Learner, and Distinguished Learner. For this report, passing or proficiency rates refer to the percent of students who scored at the Proficient or Distinguished Learners achievement level. Each level sends a signal about students’ academic readiness based on the assessed content standards. According to the Georgia Department of Education, the levels are described as the following.

  • 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 in 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.

Score Reports
The GMAS score reports provide performance data that can be used by teachers, students, and parents to identify school and student strengths, as well as to identify areas in which students need support. For example, in addition to achievement levels, GMAS score reports provide national percentile ranks in addition to performance data by academic domains in reading and writing, including Lexile and norm-referenced performance data. Data are reported for all students as well as for specific student populations, i.e., English learners, special education, gender, and ethnic group.  The GMAS score reports also show comparisons among the district, school, state, and metro-RESA (MRESA).

Summary of Overall Performance on the End-of-Course Georgia Milestones
This report summarizes the district’s performance on the spring 2017 Georgia Milestones End-of-Course (EOC) Assessment. Georgia Department of Education recognizes proficient achievement or “passing” as the percent of students identified as “proficient learners” plus the percent of students recognized as “distinguished learners” (Level 3 plus Level 4). The Georgia Standards of Excellence are the source of the knowledge and skills assessed on the Coordinate Algebra, Algebra I, Analytic Geometry, Geometry, Biology, Physical Science, Ninth Grade Literature and Composition, American Literature and Composition, Economics, and U.S. History EOC tests.

As shown in Table 1, district-wide the percentage of all students identified as proficient or distinguished learners increased or remained the same on 5 of nine EOC tests. Increases in proficiency rates ranged from 1 to 12 points. In areas of declines, decreases ranged from 1 to 12 points.

 Table 1: End of Course Overall Performance Changes for All Students

Comparison of 2016 to 2017 Performance

Status

EOC

Developing Learners and Above Learner

Increased

5

Same

1

Decreased

3

 

 

 

Proficient or Distinguished Learners

Increased

3

Same

2

Decreased

4

 

Table 2 shows the district’s overall performance on the EOC test(s) that students took during the spring of 2017. The percentage of students demonstrating proficiency on the Ninth Grade Literature and Composition and the American Literature and Composition test is 34 and 29 percent respectively. For Ninth Grade Literature and Composition, the 2017 pass rate reflects a 6-percentage point increase from 2016 to 2017. There was no change in percentage points in the students’ performance on the American Literature and Composition test.

In Algebra I, 17 percent of the students demonstrated proficiency or “passed” the test. There is a 20 percent proficiency rate on the new Geometry test. There is no change in the proficiency rate in Algebra I (17%) from 2016  to 2017. Although Coordinate Algebra and Geometry scores are reported, the test-takers are students whose graduation requirements require them to take these EOC because of their year of high school enrollment. Only a few students take these tow EOCs. Over 90% of our math test-takers take the Algebra I and new Geometry EOC tests.

The proficiency rate in Biology remains at 28 percent, which demonstrates no change in percentage points from 2016. Physical Science saw an increase in the proficiency rate from 18 percent to 26 percent, yielding an eight percentage point difference from 2016.

The 2017 pass rate on the Economic EOC is 37 percent, which is a three percentage point decrease from 2016. The district saw a one percentage point decrease in 2017 proficiency rate on the US History EOC. The overall 2017 EOC test results for Clayton County Public Schools, metro-RESA, and the state are shown in Table 2.

 Table 2: End of Course Georgia Milestones Assessment System Scores by District, MRESA, and State

 

 Summary of Performance by Student Populations
As shown in Table 3, the percent of students identified as proficient achievers from reported student populations ranged from 0 percent to 61 percent. Analysis of all tests and all reported subgroups reveal that English Learners and students with disabilities continue to demonstrate the weakest performance.  On many EOCs, females tended to outperform males, and Asian/Pacific Islanders outperform all other ethnic groups.

Table 3: 2015, 2016, and 2017 End of Course (EOC) Georgia Milestones Assessment System Student Population Proficiency Rates by District, MRESA, and State

 

 




















Georgia Milestones Assessment System