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SUBJECT

SCHOOL

FY 13 SCHOOL MEETS OR EXCEEDS THE STANDARD

FY 14 SCHOOL MEETS OR EXCEEDS THE STANDARD

2014 STATE MEETS OR EXCEEDS THE STANDARD

US HISTORY

ALCOVY

70

78

73

EASTSIDE

85

86

NEWTON

82

81

DISTRICT

78

81

 

 

 

 

 

ECONOMICS

ALCOVY

91

88

81

EASTSIDE

88

94

NEWTON

88

89

DISTRICT

89

90

 

 

 

 

 

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

ALCOVY

87

87

85

EASTSIDE

92

95

NEWTON

85

86

DISTRICT

88

88

 

 

 

 

 

BIOLOGY

ALCOVY

74

76

75

EASTSIDE

81

89

NEWTON

68

71

DISTRICT

72

76

 

 

 

 

 

COORDINATE ALGEBRA

ALCOVY

19

28

40

EASTSIDE

29

42

NEWTON

14

21

DISTRICT

19

29

 

 

 

 

 

*ANALYTIC GEOMETRY

ALCOVY

N/A

26

35

EASTSIDE

N/A

48

NEWTON

N/A

25

DISTRICT

N/A

30

 

 

 

 

 

**AMERICAN
LITERATURE

ALCOVY

N/A

93

93

EASTSIDE

N/A

96

NEWTON

N/A

94

DISTRICT

N/A

94

 

 

 

 

 

9TH GRADE LITERATURE

ALCOVY

88

91

88

EASTSIDE

89

92

NEWTON

84

87

DISTRICT

86

90

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*First year of test, no comparison data
**Too few test takers.

The Georgia Department of Education today released the 2014 School Level Results for End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) and Newton County’s high schools fared well. Below is a breakdown of pass rates by subject:

 

US History

 All three high schools topped the state in the percent of students who met or exceeded standards on the test. In addition, both Alcovy and Eastside increased their pass rates compared to 2013 data.

Economics

All high schools surpassed the state pass rate on the Economics EOCT. In addition, both Eastside and Newton posted increased pass rates in 2014.

Physical Science

All three high schools surpassed the state pass rate. Alcovy matched its 2013 pass rate and both Eastside and Newton increased the percentage of students passing the test in 2014.

Biology

Alcovy and Eastside students outpaced the state pass rate on the Biology.  All three high schools posted increased pass rates in 2014.

Coordinate Algebra

Students throughout the state are struggling in this subject as indicated by the state’s 40 percent pass rate. Eastside students posted a 42 percent pass rate—higher than the state rate. All three high schools did, however, post statistically significant gains on the pass rates in 2014.

Analytic Geometry

This is another math test that has proven difficult for students throughout the state as indicated by Georgia’s 35 percent pass rate. Eastside topped the state with a 48 percent pass rate.

American Literature

Alcovy matched the state’s 93 percent pass rate. Eastside and Newton surpassed the state pass rate.

9th Grade Literature

Alcovy and Eastside topped the state’s 88 percent pass rate. Newton High was just under the state by one percentage point. In addition, all three schools posted gains on their pass rates in 2014.

Superintendent’s Thoughts

“I am delighted to see that our high schools have continued the trend of increasing student achievement,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent of Newton County Schools. “I am proud of our high school students, teachers, staff, and leaders for their targeted work. Not only have we outperformed the state in six of eight areas, we have seen improvement in almost every subject area at each of our high schools!”

She noted, “Our students’ performance in U.S. History places our high schools in the top 16 percent of the state. Our students’ performance in Economics moves us to the top 18 percent of all systems in the state. Our students’ performance in Ninth Grade Literature places us among the top 32 percent of all school systems in Georgia, and our students’ performance in American Literature places us among the top 29 percent of systems in the state. Finally, while the state’s Coordinate Algebra pass rate is 40 percent, as a whole, the state improved three points from 2013 to 2014. In the Newton County School System, our students improved their performance by as many as 12 points, with Eastside outperforming the state. Our rate of improvement in Coordinate Algebra reflects our continued focus in mathematics. It’s important to note that improving three points is seen as ‘statistically significant’ so the fact that our schools improved two to four times that rate speaks volumes about our commitment to continuous improvement.”

In conclusion, Fuhrey said, “It’s important to note that we are not satisfied with our results; our focused work will continue to pay dividends as we prepare our students not only for Georgia’s new ‘Milestones Assessment System’ but to have choices beyond high school.”

For more information on NCSS test data, 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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