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Gwinnett students outperform peers on Georgia Milestones

GCPS students post Georgia Milestones gains

Gwinnett students outperform peers on Georgia Milestones

July 21, 2017

     System and school scores from the 2016-17 administration of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones in grades 3-8 and Georgia Milestones EOCs in grades 9-12) were released today. Gwinnett students demonstrated higher achievement with fewer students scoring in the beginning category when compared to the previous year’s results with the most significant gains seen in the high school End of Course assessment results.

     Georgia Milestones assesses student learning along four levels of performance. These designations aim to shift the focus away from just test scores, instead capturing the progression of students’ learning:

  • 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.

     Dr. Jonathan Patterson, associate superintendent for Curriculum and Instructional Support, and his team will review these results to determine how the district can support schools in moving students to higher levels of achievement. “We are pleased that in this third year of this assessment that we continue to see measured improvement. Even as students are challenged by the increased rigor of the Milestones, Gwinnett is seeing more students scoring in the top three levels. Assessment is a key element in the teaching and learning process and I commend our teachers for the outstanding job they do in the classroom each and every day. That work is what will help ensure a world-class education for all students.”

     Individual student reports will be provided to students as the school year begins.

Gwinnett Elementary and Middle School EOG Results:
     At the elementary school level, across all subject areas and grade levels, GCPS had a greater percentage of students in the top two performance levels (proficient and distinguished) than the state. Middle school results were similar with the exception of 8th grade math and science as many of our 8th grade GCPS students took more rigorous courses and were assessed by the high school EOC assessment.

English Language Arts

  • In grades 3, 4, 6, and 8, fewer Gwinnett students scored in the “Beginning” category.
  • 3rd Grade scores were consistent from last year with 43% scoring proficient and distinguished. The state percentage in the proficient and distinguished categories increased 1 percentage point to 36%.
  • 4th grade scores increased from 45% proficient and distinguished to 51%. State scores in these categories increased from 35% to 41%.
  • 5th grade scores decreased from 50% proficient and distinguished to 46%. The state also saw decreases from 41% to 38% (NOTE:  The percentage of Gwinnett students scoring below grade level in reading decreased from 27% to 23%.)
  • GCPS 6th grade scores increased from 50% proficient and distinguished to 51%. The state saw a similar increase moving from 39% to 40% in these top two categories.
  • 7th grade scores in the top two categories decreased from 49% proficient and distinguished to 48%. The state saw a similar decrease from 38% to 37%.
  • In Gwinnett, we saw a decrease in the percentage scoring in the top two levels at 8th grade, moving from 56% proficient and distinguished to 52%. The state also saw a decrease in these top levels, moving from 44% to 42%. (NOTE:  The percentage of Gwinnett students scoring below grade level in reading decreased from 17% to 14%.)

Mathematics

  • In grades 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, fewer Gwinnett students scored in the “Beginning” category.
  • Additionally, a larger percentage of students scored in the combined “Proficient” and “Distinguished” categories in grades 3, 4, and 6.
  • 3rd grade scores increased from 49% scoring proficient and distinguished to 52%. The state saw an increase in these top two categories, moving from 40% to 42%.
  • The percentage of GCPS 4th graders scoring in the proficient and distinguished categories increased from 51% to 57%. The state’s increase in these categories was 40% to 45%.
  • Gwinnett 5th grade scores decreased from 49% scoring in the proficient and distinguished categories to 47%. The state also saw decreases in these categories, from 38% to 37%.
  • A higher percentage of GCPS 6th graders scored in the top two levels, moving from 52% to 53%. State results at these levels remained consistent at 38%.
  • The percentage of Gwinnett 7th graders scoring at the proficient and distinguished levels decreased from 57% to 55%. State results at these levels remained consistent at 42%.
  • Gwinnett saw a decrease in the percentage of 8th graders scoring at the proficient and distinguished levels, dropping from 31% to 23%. The state increased from 33% to 34% at these higher levels. However, it should be noted that the majority of Gwinnett students now take the Algebra EOC in place of the 8th grade Math EOG and, those results are not included in this calculation.

Science

  • Gwinnett Science results showed improvement over the previous year’s results with more students scoring at the proficient and distinguished levels.
  • At the 5th grade level, the percentage of students scoring at the top two levels increased from 45% to 49%. State results at these levels remained consistent at 39%.
  • In 8th grade the increase of Gwinnett students scoring proficient and distinguished increased from 13% to 16%. The state increased at these levels from 27% to 29%. It should be noted that in 8th grade the majority of students now take the HS Physical Science EOC in place of the 8th grade Science EOG.

Social Studies

  • Gwinnett Social Studies results showed improvement over the previous year’s results with more students scoring at the proficient and distinguished levels.
  • The percentage of 5th grade scores in the proficient and distinguished categories increased from 39% to 40%. The state saw a slight decline in these top categories, moving from 30% to 29%.
  • The increase of Gwinnett 8th graders scoring in the proficient and distinguished ranges increased from 53% to 58%. The state saw a slight increase in these top categories moving from 38% to 39%.


High School EOC Results:
On the high school EOCs, GCPS percentages of students in the proficient and distinguished performance levels were above the state in all subjects.

Language Arts

  • Gwinnett’s Ninth Grade Literature and Composition scores improved with 62% of students scoring proficient and distinguished, up from 50% in 2016. The state percentage of students scoring in proficient and distinguished also improved to 53%, from 41% in 2016.
  • American Literature and Composition scores in GCPS increased from 52% of students scoring in proficient and distinguished to 57%. State scores improved from 43% to 49%.

Mathematics

  • Algebra I students in GCPS showed improved performance with 47% scoring proficient and distinguished, up from 45% the previous year. Statewide scores decreased from 36% in 2016 to 35% in 2017.
  • Students transitioned to the Geometry EOC this year, with 42% scoring in the top two levels compared to 38% scoring at those levels on the Analytic Geometry EOC in 2016.

Science

  • The number of Gwinnett middle school students taking the Physical Science EOC increased by nearly 2,000, with scores in the proficient and distinguished categories remaining steady at 52%. State scores increased from 34% to 39%.
  • Fifty-five percent of GCPS Biology students scored proficient and distinguished, up from 51%; the state change was from 43% to 45%.

Social Studies

  • Gwinnett’s U.S. History scores in the proficient and distinguished categories dropped from 52% to 51%. State scores remained at 45% in both 2016 and 2017.
  • Economics scores for the spring administration remained consistent from 2016 with 51% of GCPS students earning scores of proficient and distinguished; state scores rose from 44% to 46%.

 

 

 

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