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2016-2017 End-of-Grade Results

Statewide assessment results released July 20, 2017, reflect how Georgia students in grades 3 through 8 performed on the 2016 Georgia Milestones 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).

 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-Grade Georgia Milestones
This report summarizes the district’s performance on the spring 2017 Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade (EOG) 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 grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 EOG tests. Beginning school 2016-2017, the science and social studies End of Grade tests are administered in only grades 5 and 8.

 As shown in Table 1, district-wide the percentage of all students identified as proficient or distinguished learners increased or remained the same on 12 of 16 EOG tests. Increases in proficiency rates ranged from 1 to 11 points. In areas of declines, decreases ranged from 1 to 4 points.

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

Comparison of 2016 to 2017 Performance

Status

EOG

Developing Learners and Above Learners

Increased

11

Same

0

Decreased

5

 

 

 

Proficient or Distinguished Learners

Increased

9

Same

3

Decreased

4

 Table 2 shows the district’s overall performance on the 2016-2017 GMAS. Grade level results in English/language arts ranged from 21 percent proficient in third grade to 28 percent proficient in eighth grade. Fourth grade English/language arts test-takers showed the greatest one-year gain among all grade levels with a 6-point increase in the percent of proficient and above learners. In mathematics, the grade level proficiency rates ranged from 17 percent in eighth grade to 29 percent in both third and fourth grades. Fourth grade students also showed an 11-point one-year gain in the percent of proficient and distinguished learners on the mathematics EOG.

 Proficiency rates in science for fifth and eighth graders are 24 and 12 percent, respectively. Eighth grade test-takers experienced a 4-point gain in the proficiency rate on the science EOG test. The social studies proficiency rate for fifth grade is 16 percent and for eighth grade, 25 percent. Eighth grade social studies test-takers showed a 1-point increase in the percent of proficient and above learners. Table 2 also represents the 2017 EOG performance for Clayton County Public Schools, metro-RESA, and the state.

Table 2: 2017 End of Grade (EOG) Georgia Milestones Assessment System Performance by District, MRESA, and State




Georgia Milestones Assessment System