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Spring 2019 Georgia Milestones assessments show strongest-ever gains and increase in percentage of students reading on grade level

Floyd County students showed strong gains on the spring 2019 Georgia Milestones assessments. Scores for proficient and distinguished learners increased or held steady in 20 of 24 subject areas – the strongest overall gains recorded in the five years the assessment has been administered. The percentage of students reading on grade level or above increased in every tested grade and course.

Floyd County Schools (FCS) saw historical highs and outperformed the state in 16 of the 24 categories. The largest increases were recorded in third-grade ELA (increased 17 points), sixth-grade math (increased 15 points), third-grade math (increased 13 points), and sixth-grade ELA (increased 9 points). The third-grade increase is particularly notable given the long-term impact of students’ ability to read on grade level by third grade.

“We attribute most of these gains to the passion and dedication of our incredible teachers,” said John Parker, FCS Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer. “MAP had a big impact on our scores by helping teachers find red flags early enough to address it and prepare for the end of course tests. Certainly, the focus on writing in elementary school with Zoi Philappakos had a big impact on all elementary achievement, and we’re excited to be implementing that into the middle and high schools this upcoming year.”

U.S. history and economics showed decreases due to the number of students participating in dual enrollment courses who did not have to take the end-of-course test. Fifth and seventh-grade math dropped one half of a point. 

“We’re moving closer to our goal of becoming among the top 20 highest performing school systems in the state,” said Dr. Jeff Wilson, FCS Superintendent. “While we are strongly encouraged by our increases in student achievement, we also believe that a student is so much more than just a test score.”

 

 

About Georgia Milestones

Students began taking Georgia Milestones assessments in 2014-15. The testing system is one comprehensive program across grades 3-12, which includes open-ended and technology-enhanced questions to better gauge students’ content mastery. The assessment was administered 100% online for the first time in the 2018-19 school year (with the exception of students who require a paper/pencil test as an accommodation).

Georgia Milestones assesses student learning along four levels of achievement:

Beginning Learners do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need substantial academic support to be prepared for the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.

Developing Learners demonstrate partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified by Georgia’s content standards. The students need additional academic support to ensure success in the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.

Proficient Learners demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.    

​Distinguished Learners demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are well prepared for the next grade level or course and are well prepared for college and career readiness.