HCS Winter EOC Performance Data Shows Growth for Students
Submission Date: March 12, 2019
Release Date: For Immediate Release
Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161, firstname.lastname@example.org
(Release # 0024-3-19)
HCS Winter EOC Performance Data Shows Growth for Students
HENRY COUNTY, GA – The Georgia Department of Education released state, system, and individual school scores for the 2018 winter administration of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System at the end of February for End of Course (EOC) assessments. The latest numbers are encouraging signs of academic growth for students in the district.
Students take End of Course assessments upon the completion of an EOC-associated high school course. The full slate of tests for high schools is not administered at the semester break unless the school follows a block schedule. Those high schools on block scheduling include Dutchtown, Henry County, Locust Grove, and Stockbridge. The Economics test is taken by students at those four high schools in addition to Eagle’s Landing, Luella, Ola, and Union Grove.
Within the district, several schools saw significant gains in the percentage of students performing at Proficient and above levels from 2017 to 2018. Henry County Schools students were able to increase the percentage of those scoring in the Proficient and above levels in six of the eight tested courses. The district’s winter-to-winter performance in the Proficient Learner and above levels has increased at a greater rate than the state average in four of the tested areas.
It has been a priority of Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis and the district leadership team to ensure that teachers have a clear understanding of what they teach and what their students will learn every day. This approach ensures that students across the district are learning at the highest levels in all content areas. The latest results bear out that the district is on the right track and making positive strides for student achievement.
Winter 2018 Administration: District Highlights
The following data represents assessment results in the first semester of 2018 for all tested grades in high schools with block scheduling and the four additional schools testing Economics. These results include mid-month administrations as well as the semester administration of Milestones. The Economics EOC is taken by students in every district high school except Hampton and Woodland.
English Language Arts Performance
In English Language Arts-related high school courses, the district’s winter percentage of high school students scoring at Proficient and above ranged from 41 percent in American Literature and Composition to 49 percent in 9th Grade Literature & Composition.
For math-tested courses at the high school level, the district’s percentage of students scoring at Proficient and above ranged from 9 in Algebra I to 26 percent in Geometry.
The winter administration of science EOC assessments produced Proficient and above scores for 29 percent of students in Physical Science and 36 percent of students in Biology.
Social Studies Performance
For the winter administration of social studies EOC assessments, the district performance saw 34 percent of students in US History and 50 percent of students in Economics reach Proficient and above levels.
Winter 2018 EOC Performance: School Highlights
The following information contains highlights garnered from the performance data for all EOCs for the four high schools that follow a block schedule and for the additional four high schools testing Economics.
Dutchtown High School’s performance is particularly noteworthy as the school realized gains for Proficient Learners and above in seven of the eight EOCs compared to last winter. Dutchtown’s principal, Nicole Shaw, attributes the improvement to the district’s increased focus on standards across all schools and content areas.
“It all goes back to our teachers’ utilization of the Henry Teaching and Learning standards and learning progressions as well as the school’s implementation of a new collaborative planning process,” said Shaw. “In our collaborative planning process, administrators and teachers collaborate to analyze common formative assessments to identify student strengths and learning needs, which then drives planning for instructional next steps and interventions.”
English Language Arts-
- All block-schedule high schools experienced significant gains in 9th grade Literature with gains of 16 percentage points or more. Three of the four block-schedule high schools saw gains of 10 percentage points or more in American Literature performance.
- 9th grade Literature: Dutchtown up 16 percentage points from 43% to 59%
Henry County up 16 percentage points from 23% to 39%
Locust Grove up 27 percentage points from 24% to 51%
Stockbridge up 19 percentage points from 29% to 48%
- American Literature: Dutchtown up 16 percentage points from 35% to 51%
Henry County up 10 percentage points from 20% to 30%
Stockbridge up 8 percentage points from 33% to 41%
- One block-schedule high school saw significant gains in math EOC performance from winter 2017 to 2018.
- Algebra 1: Dutchtown up 10 percentage points from 16% to 26%
- Across the district’s four block-schedule high schools, two schools realized increases for each of the science EOC courses in the percentage of students scoring at levels of Proficient and above compared to winter 2017.
- Biology: Dutchtown up 5 percentage points from 46% to 51%
Stockbridge up 13 percentage points from 22% to 35%
- Physical Science: Dutchtown up 8 percentage points from 25% to 33%
Henry County up 13 percentage points from 14% to 27%
- Seven out of the eight high schools administering social studies EOCs during the winter administration saw gains in the performance levels of Proficient and above.
- Economics: Dutchtown up 12 percentage points from 28% to 40%
Eagle’s Landing up 16 percentage points from 22% to 38%
Locust Grove up 19 percentage points from 26% to 45%
Luella up 8 percentage points from 19% to 27%
Ola up 10 percentage points from 69% to 79%
Stockbridge up 9 percentage points from 40% to 49%
Union Grove 4 percentage points from 68% to 72%
- US History: Dutchtown up 4 percentage points from 44% to 48%
District Performance Compared to State - Winter Administration
When comparing Henry County Schools’ performance to the state performance, Henry County outperformed the state in the percentage of Proficient Learners and above in Economics, and local students were only one percentage point behind the state average in both tested English Language Arts courses.
“As a district, we have examined the state’s release of data alongside Henry’s performance trends, and we are optimistic that the improvements we have seen represent the start of a new performance growth trend for Henry County Schools,” said Davis. “We have established a course for learning in the 2018-19 school year that focuses on increasing the level of student performance in Henry County. We know that these results only represent a small number of students within our overall population, but we believe they signal the clarity and direction that has been provided to teachers is having a positive and measurable impact on student learning.”
Superintendent Davis reiterated her focus and leadership team’s efforts on improving student achievement levels through an emphasis on the Board of Education’s Commitments:
- Each student will learn at or above grade level and have an equal opportunity to do so,
- We will foster connections for families and community to support student learning.
- All school environments will be supportive, safe, and secure.
- We will recruit, support, retain, and recognize results-driven teachers and leaders.
“Through the Board of Education’s Core Beliefs and Commitments, we are making a commitment to positive outcomes for our students.”
For more information on Henry County Schools, visit www.henry.k12.ga.us.
About Winter Administration of Georgia Milestones
Students take End of Course assessments upon the completion of an EOC-associated high school course. The Georgia Milestones assess student learning along four levels of performance. These performance designations are intended to emphasize the progression of a student’s learning rather than emphasize just a test score.
These categories are:
- Beginning Learners: Students who do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at the grade level/course. Students need substantial support to be prepared for the next grade level/course and to be on track for college and career readiness.
- Developing Learners: Students who demonstrate partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at the grade level/course. Students need additional academic support to ensure success in the next grade level/course and to be on track for college and career readiness.
- Proficient Learners: Students who demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at the grade level/course. Students are prepared for the next grade/course and are on track for college and career readiness.
- Distinguished Learners: Students who demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at the grade level/course. Students are well prepared for the next grade/course and are well prepared for college and career readiness.