Many Dougherty County schools showed improvement in the latest round of Georgia Milestones testing, data released by the Georgia Department of Education shows.
The End-of-Grade results of the state-mandated assessment, which is now in its second year, were waived by the Georgia Department of Education for consideration of student retention and promotion. Locally, the Dougherty County Board of Education waived the EOG results but system officials still believe the results are an important tool in helping measure the overall success of students.
“The results from this last round of testing show that we have the ball rolling in the right direction,” Superintendent Dr. David Mosely said. “We’ve just got to keep the momentum going and focus on those areas that need more work. Overall, our teachers and administrators are doing a great job getting our students prepared and I am very proud of them.”
Dr. Ufot Inyang, Associate Superintendent for Academic Services, said the district is working to ensure that student growth continues.
“Milestones are a component of the CCRPI (College & Career Readiness Performance Index) which measures student growth, so it’s important for us to look at the data and make needed adjustments,” Dr. Ufot Inyang, Associate Superintendent for Academic Services said. “Our initial assessment of the data show that some of our schools exceeded our expectations, others performed as expected, while others are going to require additional support.”
Milestones measures a student’s understanding of subjects by ranking them in four different ascending areas starting with: Beginning Learners, Developing Learners, Proficient Learners and Distinguished Learners.
Performance of students in the assessments varies widely from school-to-school, but also grade-to-grade and even classroom-to-classroom or subject-to-subject. For example, there were nearly double the number of Developing Learners in 3rd Grade Social Studies at Turner Elementary compared to last year, but those same students dropped two percentage points in Math.
“We have seen impressive growth and performance in many of our classrooms in the just released GA Milestones results over the previous year. The challenge is to ensure that we are seeing the same kind of performance in every classroom in the district. We are working hard to provide needed support in a variety of ways to all of our teachers so that we can achieve the same kind of impressive results we are seeing in some of our classrooms in virtually every classroom in the district” Inyang said.
While the DCSS staff is still pouring through the data from the latest Milestones release, initial indications seem to point to improving numbers. For example, Robert Cross Middle Magnet School, one of the DCSS’ top performing schools, consistently performed higher than the state and region averages in nearly every grade-level and subject area. Albany High School, International Studies Elementary Charter School, Lake Park Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary Magnet School, Live Oak Elementary, Merry Acres Middle School, Sherwood Acres Elementary School and Westover Comprehensive High School each scored at or above the state or region average in various grade-levels and subject areas.
Many of the other district elementary schools have also shown improvement in different content areas and in different grade levels.
At the middle school level, students improved in nearly every school in nearly every grade and in every subject area.
Lexile distribution numbers, which are used in part to measure a student’s literacy level, show marked improvement over the previous year in several key grades. In the third grade level – a statistic commonly used to predict a student’s future academic success, virtually every elementary school except one, to a higher or lesser degree, decreased the number of its students scoring below the Stretch band for that grade level. The same scenario repeated itself with the eighth grade Lexile distribution.
“I will like to commend our teachers and school leaders who work very hard every day with our children. However, we all admit and understand that there is still much work to be done” said Dr. Inyang. “We are committed to high levels of teaching and learning for ALL students in our system. We are committed to using these results and data to foster continuous improvement, and while redoubling our efforts to ensuring that all of our students are successful”, he concluded.
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