Coweta scores to come
EOCT scores released by state
by Celia Shortt
The Georgia Department of Education released the End of Course Test results for individual schools earlier this week, and Coweta County School System students performed well.
“Coweta generally exceeded the state scores,” said Dean Jackson, public information officer for Coweta County Schools.
Because the three Coweta high schools – East Coweta High School, Newnan High School, and Northgate High School – are on block scheduling, their students take EOCTs in both winter and spring and the individual results just released by the state do not give a complete picture of those students’ performance for the school year, Jackson said. They just show their performance for the EOCTs taken in the spring.
“We are working on weighting these scores with the winter ones to be able to compare it accurately to the state and come up with an annual rate,” said Jackson.
Coweta school officials hope to be finished weighting these scores for ECHS, NHS, and NGHS soon.
Parents can view the EOCT scores at GaDOE website, http://www.gadoe.org/.
For the Coweta district as a whole, 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.
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.
• Just 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.