Performance on state testing
Coosa High is honored for performance on state testing
Posted on 09/29/2009
Coosa High School was among schools honored today by the state for student performance on state testing. State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox today announced the winners of the 2nd annual Superintendent's Distinguished Achievement Awards. These awards honor schools for high achievement and the greatest improvement on state curriculum tests. Coosa High was recognized for improvement on two high school End-of-Course tests.

Coosa High had the third highest score increase on the economics test with 70.91% of students meeting or exceeding standards. That score was a 35.91% increase over 2008. Coosa also had the fifth largest gain on the 9th grade literature and composition test. Coosa 9th graders scored 81.46 % meeting or exceeding standards which was an increase of 22.92% over last year. A certificate is being sent to Coosa High and the other winning schools acknowledging their achievement.

The Superintendent's Distinguished Achievement Awards are based on the performance of students on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT), the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT), the End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) and the state Writing Tests. These awards acknowledge schools in two categories: 
  • IMPROVEMENT: The ten schools in each honored subject area and grade that had the greatest improvement in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards.
  • ACHIEVEMENT: The ten schools in each honored subject area and grade that had the highest percentage of students score in the exceeds category. 
Superintendent's Distinguished Achievement Awards are given in the following subjects and grades: 
  • READING and ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS: Grades 1-8 Reading CRCT; Grades 2 & 6 English Language Arts CRCT; 9th Grade Literature EOCT (high school only); American Literature EOCT; English Language Arts & Reading GHSGT
  • MATHEMATICS: Grades 1-8 Mathematics CRCT; Mathematics GHSGT 
  • SOCIAL STUDIES: Grades 4 & 8 CRCT; U.S. History EOCT; Economics EOCT; Social Studies GHSGT 
  • SCIENCE: Grades 5-8 CRCT; Physical Science EOCT; Biology EOCT; Science GHSGT 
  • WRITING: Grade 5 Writing Test, Grade 8 Writing Test, Georgia High School Writing Test 
NOTE from the Department of Education: : 
Due to the roll out of the state's new curriculum, the Georgia Performance Standards, the following categories are not being awarded: Algebra 1 EOCT, Geometry EOCT, Grade 4 Social Studies CRCT (improvement only; achievement will be awarded).
Awards are given based on spring 2009 CRCT results. Summer retest results are not included. Only schools with 10 or more students taking the test in 2009 are considered for the award.