Georgia Department of Education Releases Georgia Milestone Assessment Scores

LaGrange, Ga., July 20, 2017 – Today, the Georgia Department of Education released assessment scores for school systems throughout the state. The Georgia Milestones (GMAS) is a more rigorous assessment than the previous CRCT evaluation system. GMAS End of Grades was administered in grades 3-8 and GMAS End of Course was given in grades 9-12. GMAS results are not comparable to CRCT results.

In the Developing, Proficient and Distinguished Learner categories, TCSS elementary and middle school end of grade assessments compared to the state assessments in the following areas:

• 3rd grade Reading is two percentage points within the state score; six elementary schools exceeded state scores.

• 3rd grade Math exceeded state scores by one percentage point; seven elementary schools scored above the state.

• 4th grade Math is one percentage point within the state score.

• 5th grade Math exceeded the state by one percentage point.

• 5th grade Science and Social Studies scores were even with the state scores.

• 8th grade Math exceeded the state score by four percentage points.

• 8th grade Science exceeded the state by seven percentage points; all three middle schools scored above the state level.

In the Developing, Proficient and Distinguished Learner categories, TCSS high school end of course assessments compared to the state assessments in the following areas:

• American Literature and Composition scores were even with the state.

• Biology scores were 19 percentage points above the state.

• US History scores were one percentage point above the state.

• Economics scores were 5 percentage points above the state.

In addition, a number of schools showed great progress in various areas like reading, math, and science. For example:

• Hillcrest, Hollis Hand, Long Cane, and Rosemont elementary schools outpaced the state in Science and Social Studies.

• Callaway, Franklin Forest, West Point, and Whitesville Road elementary schools passed the state scores in Math; along with Hillcrest, Hollis Hand, Long Cane, and Rosemont elementary schools.

• In 3rd grade Reading, Callaway, Ethel W. Kight, Hillcrest, Hollis Hand, Long Cane, and Rosemont elementary schools surpassed the state.

• Long Cane, Hillcrest, Hollis Hand, and Rosemont elementary schools were above the state in English Language Arts.

• All middle schools, Callaway, Gardner Newman, and Long Cane, outpaced the state in 8th grade Science.

• Callaway High passed the state in Biology.

• LaGrange High scored above the state in Economics, US History, and Algebra.

• Troup High performed above the state in American Literature and Composition, Biology, and Economics.

Dr. Cole Pugh, Superintendent of TCSS said, “As we analyzed the data, we see areas where improvement is needed. However, we are most proud of the significant gains in the areas noted.”

This school year, TCSS has increased focus on:

• Rigorous Curriculum • Relevant Learning

• Literacy Strategies

• Student Attendance

• Professional Development • Depth of Knowledge

• Student Choice Courses in Middle School

• Graduation Rates GMAS assesses student learning on four performance levels, compared to three on CRCT. These designations aim to shift the focus away from just test scores, instead capturing the progression of students’ learning:

• 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.

“Seeing scores increase in areas like third-grade ELA and math, while also seeing large jumps in subjects like American Literature, affirms that we’re on the right path as we focus on foundational skills and early literacy and numeracy, both of which equip students for success in the later grades,” said State School Superintendent Richard Woods.

Woods continued, “Of course, we still have work to do. Three years ago, we asked our teachers and students to clear a much higher bar when Georgia introduced its new assessment system. We are making progress and that progress will continue as we refine our focus on the services and supports schools need to provide the best possible education for all students.”

About Troup County School System Troup County School System is an accredited educational system with over 12,200 students in grades K-12. TCSS does offer a free Pre-K program at each elementary school. The system is comprised of eleven elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, one college and career academy, and one alternative learning center. Students within the school system are taught a rigorous and relevant curriculum that helps them make college and career choices beyond graduation and succeed in life. The system 2016 graduation rate rose 5.5 percentage points to 76.9 percent. To learn more about Troup County School System, visit troup.org and the Troup County School System Facebook page.