Georgia Department Of Education Releases 2016 Georgia Milestones Results

LaGrange, Ga., July 26, 2016 – Today, the Georgia Department of Education released 2016 Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS) results.

Students began taking Georgia Milestones assessments in 2014-15. This new testing system is one comprehensive program across grades 3-12 and includes open-ended questions to better gauge students’ content mastery. Troup County School System (TCSS) student results were the same or higher than the state over several grade levels.

Karen Cagle, TCSS Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning said, “Last school year, our students and teachers worked hard to meet the standards and improve in various areas.”

In TCSS elementary and middle schools:

• Math: Middle school grades 6-8 exceeded the state.

• Social Studies: Every grade (3-8) exceeded the state, except grade 8.

• Science: Grades 4-8 exceeded the state with grade 8 outpacing the state by eight points.

In TCSS high schools:

• Analytic Geometry: Scores were five points above the state and 12 points above 2015 same course results.

• Economics: Exceeded the state.

She continued, “We used 2015 scores as a baseline to see where we needed to make adjustments. We see the biggest area for development is English Language Arts. As we begin focusing on improving rigor and relevance for all students, and providing professional learning opportunities for all teachers, we are optimistic this will positively impact future results.”

Individual score reports for elementary and middle school students will be provided to parents during registration. TCSS has not received individual score reports for high school End of Course assessments, yet. “I’m pleased to see our students’ performance trending upward in many key areas,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Georgia’s students and teachers should be commended for these results – we asked them to clear a higher bar, and it is not a surprise to me that they delivered. While increases in most areas were seen, the results do highlight the need to focus on early grades, especially in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Proficiency in these areas will ensure greater success in later grades.”

GMAS assesses student learning on four performance levels. These designations aim to shift the focus away from just test scores; instead, capturing the progression of students’ learning. The performance levels are:

• 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.