Local students perform well on EOCTs

by Celia Shortt

All three Coweta County public high schools – East Coweta High School, Newnan High School, and Northgate High School – generally outperformed the state in the 2014 End-of-Course Test results.

According to results released earlier this week by the Coweta County School System, NGHS had higher percentage of students meeting and exceeding the standards on all eight areas of the 2014 EOCT. NHS had a higher percentage than the state on seven of the eight areas, and ECHS had a higher percentage on six.

As a district as a whole, Coweta had a higher percentage of students meeting and exceeding the standards than the state on seven of the eight areas.

“Coweta County’s three high schools generally followed the trend that we’ve seen across our school system as a whole on 2013-14 End-of-Course Tests, outscoring state passage rate averages on most exams,” said Dean Jackson, public information officer for the Coweta County School System. “Coweta County high schools also tended to show improvement in their own passage rates year over year, and schools are pleased to see that progress.”

Jackson also gave a reason for the lower passage rates for the coordinate algebra and analytic geometry EOCT results throughout the state.

“Though our high schools posted generally higher passage rates on coordinate algebra and analytic geometry EOCTs, what we see on those exams is part of a statewide trend,” he said. “The state of Georgia phased out Mathematics I courses after the 2012-13 school year, and phases out Mathematics II courses after the 2013-14 school year, in favor of discrete mathematics courses. This was the first year for the state’s new analytic geometry course and the second year for the new coordinate algebra course and their corresponding EOCTs … Our schools saw the EOCT passage rate improvement in coordinate algebra in this second year, and there is an expectation that passage rate will continue to improve in coming years.”

Jackson added the new Georgia Milestones Test, which will replace the Criterion Reference Competency Test for third through eighth grade and the EOCTs, will be more rigorous and “more in line with the expectations that we see in the new high school math courses.”

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.

The scores provided for ECHS, NHS, and NGHS, the Coweta school district and the state of Georgia are averaged and weighted to show passage rates for the whole of the 2013-14 school year.

The percentage of Coweta’s students meeting and exceeding standards for the different areas of the 2014 EOCT include:

• Ninth Grade Literature & Composition

–NGHS - 94.3 percent

–ECHS - 90.48 percent

–NHS - 88.94 percent

–Georgia - 87.22 percent

• American Literature & Composition

–NGHS - 96.16 percent

–ECHS - 95.43 percent

–NHS - 92.85 percent

–Georgia - 91.98 percent

• Coordinate Algebra

–NGHS - 50.55 percent

–ECHS - 41.29 percent

–NHS - 42.21 percent

–Georgia - 40.25 percent

• Analytic Geometry

–NGHS - 58.22 percent

–ECHS - 43.71 percent

–NHS - 36.48 percent

–Georgia - 40.29 percent

• Biology

–NGHS - 82.8 percent

–ECHS - 75.26 percent

–NHS - 75.22 percent

–Georgia - 74.3 percent

• Physical Science

–NGHS - 85.57 percent

–ECHS - 81.1 percent

–NHS - 88.31 percent

–Georgia - 83.1 percent

• US History

–NGHS - 78.41 percent

–ECHS - 70.14 percent

–NHS - 77.02 percent

–Georgia - 71.82 percent

• Economics

–NGHS - 89.34 percent

–ECHS - 79.76 percent

–NHS - 76.1 percent

–Georgia - 81.68 percent.



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