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DeKalb County students improve in five of seven tests over the previous year

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2014 End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) Results Released

DeKalb County School District (DCSD) students demonstrated improved performance on five of seven End-of-Course Tests with one remaining steady (U.S. History) and one (Biology) dropping by one percentage point.

“We are proud of our students, parents and educators who contributed to the District’s academic growth and achievement on this year’s tests,” said Michael Thurmond, superintendent of the DeKalb County School District. “We also recognize that more work is left to be done.”

Following are the percentages of students demonstrating proficiency:

EOCTs

2013

2014

Growth

9th Grade Literature

77

79

+2

American Literature

86

88

+2

U.S. History

70

70

0

Economics

78

80

+2

Biology

63

62

-1

Physical Science

67

68

+1

Coordinate Algebra

26

30

+4

Analytic Geometry

n/a

30

n/a

Coordinate Algebra, a more rigorous test in mathematics, demonstrated growth with an improvement of four percentage points. However, the overall proficiency levels for both Coordinate Algebra and Analytic Geometry need greater improvement.

“The EOCT indicated a need for more rigorous intervention in improving performance in mathematics and we are responding with actions that will directly address this need,” said Mr. Thurmond.

The District is addressing this need with a set of strategies that will incorporate teacher training, more critical thinking skills for students, and additional student practice time in the new school year.

According to the Georgia Department of Education, beginning next year, all students statewide in grades 3-12 will take the Georgia Milestones test, which will consist of one program across all grades rather than a series of individual tests.

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