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Milestones results show improvement in some areas, opportunities in others

Dougherty County School System students made gains in several key areas on the Georgia Milestones – with some subjects and courses logging double-digit improvements over last year -- and has already implemented new support for areas of opportunity particularly in science and math. 

The Georgia Milestones Assessment is an End-of-Grade assessment for students in K-8 and End-of-Course assessment for students in high school. Based on Milestones performance, students are placed in one of four categories: Beginning Learners, Developing Learners, Proficient Learners or Distinguished Learners. The DCSS measures its success by the number of students that score proficient or higher in any subject area, grade or course. 

In the Elementary and Middle School levels, data is compared by grade level, while, at the High School level, data is evaluated by course. In both instances, results are compared against those of schools in the Southwest Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency  (RESA) and against those of the state. 

At the Elementary Level, DCSS students out scored their RESA peers at several different grade levels and subject areas. For instance, five DCSS Elementary Schools out-performed students in the region in scoring proficient or above in Third Grade Math. An additional three elementary schools made double-digit improvements in that same grade-level and course. 

DCSS Middle Schools continue to make strong gains and be among the top performers in the region and, in some cases, the state. Robert Cross Middle Magnet School, for example, scored 31 points higher than the state average in 6th Grade English/Language Arts with 71% of its students scoring proficient or higher on the assessment. That’s a 14-point increase from last year. 

Both Robert Cross and Merry Acres Middle School out performed the state in 8th Grade Science, with 63% and 37% of their students scoring proficient or higher, respectively. 

At the High School level, scores in ELA, History and Literature increased while students who took courses in high-school-level math and science exposed an opportunity for improvement. 

A new organizational structure that reshapes the Division of Academic Services while creating the Division of District Effectiveness, is intended to provide tiered and targeted support to address areas of need. District and school leaders are currently engaged the refinement processes that will lead to improved student performance and teacher development. 

“Our organizational restructuring allows us to provide better support to our schools, principals and teachers and address the areas where we have an opportunity for growth,” says Dr. Ufot Inyang, Associate Superintendent of Academic Services. 

Superintendent Kenneth Dyer said that the results show that there are several areas where the DCSS is doing well and out-pacing its regional and state peers, but that creating a culture of excellence is going to be important as the system moves forward.

“Some of our schools have shown some impressive growth and should be applauded for the work that those teachers and students are doing,” Dyer said. “Our goal is to create an environment where, instead of having pockets of excellence, we have a systemic, culture of excellence in every classroom and school.”

 

For more information on how DCSS schools performed, see the list below.

 

EOC School Level Highlights (percentage proficient or above)

  • Ninth Grade Literature
    • WHS tied with RESA at 38%
    • Greatest growth: AHS and WHS both increased 14 points
  • American Literature
    • AHS tied with RESA at 33% and WHS surpassed RESA at 37%
    • Greatest growth: WHS increased 11 points
  • Biology
    • WHS (38%) was 4 points higher than RESA
  • Physical Science
    • Greatest growth: DHS increased 14 points
  • US History
    • MHS (42%) was 1 point above RESA
    • WHS (47%) was 2 points above the state
  • Economics
    • AHS (30%) was 5 points higher than RESA

      Elementary School Level Highlights
  • Third Grade ELA Proficient or Above
    • RESA 28%
    • Sherwood 31%
    • International Studies 35%
    • State 36%
    • Lake Park 39%
  • Third Grade Mathematics Proficient or Above
    • RESA 37%
    • Sherwood 38%
    • West Town 41%
    • State 42%
    • Live Oak 42%
    • International Studies 48%
    • Lake Park 52%
  • Third Grade Mathematics Outstanding Increases From Last Year
    • Alice Coachman +11
    • MLK +12
    • Lamar Reese +15
    • West Town +15
  • 4th Grade ELA Proficient or Above
    • RESA 33%
    • International Studies 36%
    • State 42%
    • Lake Park 45%
    • Lincoln 50%
  • 4th Grade ELA Outstanding Increases from Last Year
    • Lamar Reese +12
    • West Town +15
    • Sherwood +18
    • Radium Elementary +20
  • 4th Grade Mathematics Proficient or Above
    • RESA 33%
    • Lincoln 33%
    • Lake Park 35%
    • State 45%
    • International Studies 52%
  • 4th Grade Mathematics Outstanding Increases from Last Year
    • Radium Elementary +10
    • Lincoln +14
    • Sherwood +16
  • 5th Grade ELA Proficient or Above
    • RESA 25%
    • International Studies 35%
    • State 38%
    • Lincoln 39%
    • Lake Park 45%
  • 5th Grade Mathematics Proficient or Above
    • RESA 25%
    • International Studies 32%
    • State 37%
    • Lake Park 45%
  • 5th Grade Science Proficient of Above
    • RESA 32%
    • International Studies 38%
    • State 39%
    • Lincoln 53%
    • Lake Park 56%
  • 5th Grade Science Outstanding Increase from Last Year
    • Lincoln +19
  • 5th Grade Social Studies Proficient or Above
    • RESA 23%
    • Lincoln 24%
    • International Studies 27%
    • State 29%
    • Lake Park 37%

      Middle School Level Highlights
  • 6th Grade ELA
    • Robert Cross scored 31 points above the state at 71% proficient or above
    • Robert Cross increased by 14 points from last year
  • 6th Grade Mathematics
    • Robert Cross scored 22 points above the state at 60% proficient or above
    • Robert Cross increased by 12 points from last year
  • 7th Grade ELA
    • Robert Cross scored 21 points above the state at 58% proficient or above
  • 7th Grade Mathematics
    • Robert Cross scored 8 points above the state at 50% proficient or above
  • 8th Grade ELA
    • Robert Cross scored 29 points above the state at 71% proficient or above
  • 8th Grade Mathematics
    • Robert Cross scored 45 points above the state at 79% proficient or above
    • Robert Cross increased 11 points from last year
  • 8th Grade Science
    • The district tied with RESA at 27% proficient or above and was two points below the state
    • Both Merry Acres (37%) and Robert Cross (63%) scored above the state (29%)
    • Merry Acres increased 14 points from last year
    • Robert Cross increased 22 points from last year
  • 8th Grade Social Studies
    • Robert Cross scored 20 points above the state at 59%
    • Robert Cross increased 19 points from last year

 

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