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The Georgia Department of Education (GDOE) has released its new, Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM), a metric for parents and educators to better understand and analyze the progress students make from year to year. Today’s data is based on the 2012-2013 school year. As a result, the students are now two grades higher in school. For instance, fifth-grade students in the table are now seventh grade students. According to the GDOE, 2013-2014 data is expected later this fall.

In addition to the Student Growth Model, the GDOE has also released a web tool that will allow parents and the general public to drill down into student-growth data by district, grade level, student group, assessment, and subject areas. Parents will also receive individual student-growth reports for their students. To protect student privacy, they will not, however, have access to individual data of other students—only aggregate data.

The GSGM will not only provide an additional way of analyzing student performance, but also will be utilized in the College and Career Ready Performance Index for the Progress determination and as one of multiple indicators of educator effectiveness in the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System and Leader Keys Effectiveness System.

Today’s data release reflects the new Student Growth Percentile (SGP) methodology with the SGP indicating the amount of growth a student has demonstrated relative to academically-similar students from across the state. Growth percentiles range from 1 to 99, with lower percentiles indicating lower academic growth and higher percentiles indicating higher academic growth. With SGPs, all students—regardless of their achievement level—have the opportunity to demonstrate all levels of growth.

When reviewing the data, student growth numbers of 1-34 reflect low student growth; 35-65 represent typical growth; and 66-99 indicate high student growth. The data released today reflect student growth on the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in elementary and middle schools and the End of Course Tests (EOCT) in high schools.

 

See tables below for NCSS System SGP data:
 

NCSS Elementary/Middle School Student Growth Percentile (SGP) Data

 

Subject

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Reading % Meets/Exceeds

93 (93)

93 (93)

96 (97)

94 (95)

98 (97)

Reading % Typical/High Growth

72  (73)

58 (62)

74 (75)

73 (72)

70 (67)

ELA % Meets/Exceeds

91 (91)

95 (95)

93 (93)

92 (94)

95 (95)

ELA % Typical/High Growth

65 (63)

60 (60)

58 (61)

74 (72)

62 (57)

Math% Meets/Exceeds

85 (85)

88 (90)

80 (84)

87 (91)

83 (85)

Math % Typical/High Growth

65 (67)

61 (66)

72 (72)

54 (61)

61 (64)

Science % Meets/Exceeds

85 (83)

78 (80)

73 (75)

85 (86)

79 (75)

Science % Typical/High Growth

72 (70)

66 (64)

74 (64)

76 (72)

76 (66)

Social Studies % Meets/Exceeds

82 (82)

81 (81)

79 (78)

81 (84)

78 (79)

Social Studies % Typical/High Growth

70 (67)

71 (65)

74 (65)

70 (66)

72 (64)

** State scores in parentheses

 

Explanation of Elementary/Middle School Data:

When reading the chart, the first line on the subject column indicates the percent of students in that grade level that met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT (numbers in parenthesis indicate the state score). The second line of data for each subject indicates the percentage of those students who showed typical or high growth over the previous year’s test scores.

For example, on the science CRCT, 85 percent of fourth-graders met or exceeded standards in 2013. Of those students, 72 percent of them showed growth in the typical to high growth percentile. In fifth grade, 78 percent of the students met or exceeded standards and 66 percent of those students showed growth in the typical to high category. Overall 73 percent of the sixth-grade test takers met or exceeded standards on the science CRCT and 74 percent of those same students showed typical to high growth over their previous year’s scores. For seventh grade, 85 percent of the students met or exceeded standards and 76 percent of those students showed typical to high growth. In the eighth-grade class, 79 percent met or exceeded standards on the science test and 76 percent of those students scored typical to high growth.

A quick look at that same subject area shows that NCSS outpaced the state in terms of growth in every grade level on the science CRCT. For instance, at the eighth-grade level, 66% of the students who met or exceeded the standards on the science CRCT achieved typical to high growth; in NCSS 76 percent of the students who met or exceeded standards on the same test showed typical to high growth—a difference of 10 percent.


NCSS High School Student Growth Percentile Data

 

EOCT Subject

% Meets or Exceeds

% Typical or High Growth

9th Grade Lit & Composition

89

70

State

87

66

American Lit & Composition

81

55

State

91

58

Mathematics II

60

63

State

62

65

Coordinate Algebra

21

56

State

38

65

Biology

73

65

State

74

64

Physical Science

88

67

State

82

67

U.S. History

79

76

State

72

63

Economics

89

76

State

79

68


Explanation of High School Data:

As with the CRCT data for elementary and middle school students, the table above can be used the same way to determine growth at the high school level as indicated on the EOCT subject area. For instance, in U.S. History, 79 percent of NCSS students met or exceeded the state standards on the test compared to only 72 percent statewide. Of those students who met or exceeded the standards, 76 percent of them showed typical to high academic growth in their performance. The state average was 63 percent.

Conclusion:

A quick look at the two tables clearly indicates that NCSS students are experiencing higher academic growth as they move on through their education career. More and more students are moving from simply meeting expectations to exceeding them as their education continues. In many instances at both the elementary and secondary level, NCSS students outpaced the state in terms of academic growth in the tested subjects.

“Our growth data reflects that our efforts to ensure students are making progress in the core areas are indeed working,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “The student growth results are a testament to the focus of our teachers, leaders, and staff as well as the impact of their work on students’ learning. The main thing to take away from this ‘new look’ at the data is that our students continue to show academic growth and progress.”

For more information, contact Dr. Allison Jordan, Director of Testing, Research, and Evaluation for Newton County Schools at Jordan.allison@newton.k12.ga.us.

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