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The State Department of Education (GDOE) has released the State 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 2013-2014 school year.

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 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:

 

Explanation of Growth Percentiles

LOW

TYPICAL

HIGH

1-34

35-65

66-99


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

 

Social Studies                      

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

State Meets/Exceeds

82

81

81

85

82

State Growth

48

47

52

48

47

NCSS Meets/Exceeds

82

81

81

84

79

NCSS  Growth

47

51

59

50

49

Science

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

State Meets/Exceeds

82

83

76

85

79

State Growth

54

50

46

55

53

NCSS Meets/Exceeds

80

81

76

83

77

NCSS  Growth

59

54

63

52

61

Math

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

State Meets/Exceeds

83

89

86

89

83

State Growth

50

43

56

36

51

NCSS Meets/Exceeds

80

85

80

86

80

NCSS Growth

45

32

46

33

54

English Language Arts

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

State Meets/Exceeds

89

95

93

95

95

State Growth

46

45

42

57

44

NCSS Meets/Exceeds

88

95

90

94

94

NCSS Growth

43

44

39

57

47

Reading

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

State Meets/Exceeds

95

95

98

96

98

State Growth

57

47

60

58

60

NCSS Meets/Exceeds

94

94

97

95

96

NCSS Growth

56

45

61

56

63

 

 Explanation of Elementary/Middle School Data:

 

When reading the chart, the first pink line in each subject section indicates the state percentage of students who met or exceeded standards on that grade level test and the second pink line indicates the growth percentile. The green lines indicate the Newton County School System’s data for the same time period.

 

For example, on the Social Studies CRCT, 82 percent of state fourth-graders met or exceeded standards in 2014 and they demonstrated typical growth. On the same test, 82 percent of NCSS fourth-graders met or exceeded standards on the Social Studies test and those students also exhibited typical growth.  The higher the growth number, the more growth experienced.  A quick look at the Social Studies CRCT data also indicates that NCSS outpaced the state in terms of growth in every grade level on the Social Studies CRCT with the exception of fourth grade.

 

NCSS High School Student Growth Percentile Data

 

 

9th Grade Literature

American Literature

Biology

Physics

Coordinate Algebra

Analytic Geometry

US History

Economics

State Meets/Exceeds

90

94

76

82

38

40

78

82

State

 Growth

50

47

39

47

50

50

45

51

NCSS Meets/Exceeds

92

97

77

92

30

32

84

92

NCSS

Growth

60

55

43

58

47

58

69

59

 

 

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, 84 percent of NCSS students met or exceeded the state standards on the test compared to only 78 percent statewide. Their growth percentile of 69 reflects “high growth” while the state’s growth percentile of 45 reflects “typical growth.”

 

Conclusion:

 

A quick look at the two tables clearly indicates that NCSS students are experiencing higher academic growth as they move through their education career-especially once they get to high school. 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. In fact, at the high school level, NCSS outpaced the state in terms of growth in all but one category—Coordinate Algebra.

 

“Our teachers, staff, and leaders have been working diligently to ensure our students are well-prepared for college and career expectations,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent of Newton County Schools. “Student growth results indicate our efforts to improve are working. With the Georgia Milestones on the horizon, students’ continuous growth is extremely important.”

 

The Georgia Growth Model data may be accessed by visiting the Georgia Department of Education website at http://gastudentgrowth.gadoe.org/.

 

For more information on Newton County School System’s 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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