More Georgia students passing EOCTs

ATLANTA -- Local school systems are waiting to see if results for the 2012 End of Course Tests are improving as the state figures have.

The Georgia Department of Education announced Tuesday that results from the spring 2012 EOCTs show student improvement in seven of eight comparable tests.

Scores showed that more students across the state passed U.S. history, economics, biology, physical science, ninth-grade literature, American literature and mathematics I, compared to 2011 results.

The percentage of students who met or exceeded standards for mathematics II decreased by 1 percentage point, according to the GaDOE.

"It is encouraging to me to see student performance increase in the large majority of the End of Course Tests," state School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a press release. "End of Course Tests are more rigorous than the Georgia High School Graduation Tests, so increases are further testament to the great job our teachers are doing delivering the Georgia Performance Standards to students in a way that they are grasping."

Highlights from this year's tests include:

• Eighty-nine percent of Georgia students meeting or exceeding state standards, or passing the test, for American Literature and Composition.

• Eighty-four percent of students passing the test in ninth grade literature and composition.

• An increase of 5 percentage points of students passing the test for economics/business/free enterprise.

• An increase of 4 percentage points of students passing the test for mathematics I.

In April 2011, the state Board of Education approved a plan to phase out the GHSGTs, beginning with students who entered ninth grade for the first time in the 2011-12 school year. For these students, the EOCTs count as 20 percent of their final grade, an increase from the previous 15-percent level.

Beginning this school year, EOCTs will be used as a factor of high school success for accountability purposes on the new College and Career Ready Performance Index, which the state will implement in place of Adequate Yearly Progress that was required under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

System-level results of the EOCTs are expected to be available no later than July 17, and school-level results should be available no later than July 31, according to the GaDOE.

More information about EOCTs is available on the GaDOE website, www.gadoe.org.