Stephens County High School receives preliminary results for this past year’s End of Course Tests.
School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten presented the preliminary EOCT results at Tuesday’s Stephens County Board of Education meeting.
Those preliminary EOCT figures show that Stephens County High School improved or maintained its percentage of students’ scores meeting or exceeding standards in five subject areas.
Whiten said the high school has made a lot of progress on the End of Course Tests.
“It is really relevant for the students as far as they have the course and then at the end of the course, they take the test, so it is a really good indicator of how much they know,” said Whiten. “We have targeted those areas. We are proud of the improvement we have made.”
According to the preliminary results, Stephens County High School improved the percentage of students’ scores meeting or exceeding standards on the EOCT in American Literature, Biology, Physical Science, and Math II.
In Biology, 85.2 percent of students’ scores met or exceeded the standards in 2013; up from 70 percent in 2012. In Math II, the number of students’ scores meeting or exceeding the EOCT standards jumped to 67 percent in 2013 from 59 percent in 2012. Physical Science had 92 percent of students’ scores meet or exceed standards, up from 90 percent in 2012, and 93.4 percent of students’ scores met or exceeded standards on the American Literature exam, up slightly from 93 percent in 2012.
Meanwhile, the percentage of students’ scores meeting or exceeding standards on the Ninth Grade Literature EOCT remained at 90 percent in 2013.
Two subject areas saw a small drop in the percentage of students’ scores meeting or exceeding standards. Economics dropped from 90 percent in 2012 to 87.5 percent in 2013, while U.S. History dropped from 78 percent in 2012 to 74.5 percent in 2013.
Also, a new Coordinate Algebra EOCT started in 2013 and 31.9 percent of students’ scores met or exceeded the standard.
The Georgia Department of Education said it has heard from a number of districts on the scores for that test.
State officials said it is important to remember that this was a first assessment, adding they are evaluating the test and reminding those concerned that the EOCT is not only indication of student achievement, as it makes up just one-fifth of a student’s course grade.