Coweta students ace final End-of-Course Tests
by Celia Shortt
Coweta County students improved their performance on the 2014 End-of-Course Tests as shown in the results released this week by the Georgia Department of Education.
Coweta students also scored higher than the state average for 2014 EOCTs in seven out of the eight testing areas.
Currently, EOCTs are offered in ninth grade literature and composition, American literature and composition, United States history, economics, coordinate algebra, analytic geometry, biology, and physical science. Student performance is measured by levels, including: does not meet standard, meets standard, and exceeds standard.
High school students in Georgia take EOCTs at the conclusion of designated core high school courses. Coweta students take EOCTs at the end of either the winter or spring semester, depending on when they complete their course with Coweta’s block scheduling system.
With these results, Coweta students improved their passage rates in five courses – ninth grade literature and composition, American literature and composition, coordinate Algebra, biology, and physical science.
They also surpassed Georgia’s passage rates in every subject except coordinate algebra. Coweta’s passage rate of the coordinate algebra EOCT was 48.8 percent, and the state’s was 54.5 percent.
This year was the second year students took the coordinate algebra EOCT and first year of taking the analytic geometry one, as the previous mathematics 1 and mathematics 2 tests were phased out.
Fifty percent of Coweta students met or exceeded the standard on the new geometry test, as compared to state passage rate of 37. 2 percent.
For districts as a whole, State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge says the 2014 ECOT results show continued improvement.
“Students are getting more and more comfortable with our standards and the results are showing it,” he said. “The comparable End-of-Course Tests demonstrate a positive trend. When results on almost all comparable tests increase then we should be encouraged. However, we do know that the more demanding expectations on our new tests could bring similar results to what we’ve seen the last two years in math.”
In the results released earlier this week, Barge said, students improved their performance on six out of the eight EOCTs, compared to the 2013 results. One EOCT, United States history, saw no change.
Coweta’s EOCT results for 2013-2014 school year are:
• Ninety-one percent for ninth grade literature and composition, compared to the Georgia’s passage rate of 86.2 percent.
• Almost 95 percent for American literature and composition, compared to almost 91 percent for Georgia.
• Just over 74 percent for United States History, compared to almost 70 percent for Georgia.
• Just over 81 percent for economics, compared to almost 80 percent for Georgia.
• Fifty percent for analytic geometry, compared to just over 37 percent for Georgia.
•J ust over 84 percent for physical science, compared to 80 percent for Georgia.
• Seventy-seven percent for biology, compared to almost 73 percent for Georgia.
This year is the last for the EOCTs. Next year Georgia students will have to take the new Georgia Milestones test, which replaces both the Criterion Reference Competency Test and the EOCT. It also is aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards. The new test will include more open-ended questions.