Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo wrote in a letter to the Board of Education that over 20,058 individual student EOCT scores were received prior to the end of school, with final test data summarized in an attached chart.
Petruzielo said some of this year’s highlights included district students exceeding the state percentage of students passing algebra by 18 percent, geometry by 13 percent, physical science and biology by 13 percent respectively, U.S. history by 19 percent and economics by 16 percent.
In literature and composition, ninth-grade students in the district exceeded the state percentage by 7 percent and 11th-grade students did so by 6 percent.
After reviewing the scores, middle school students taking the physical science exam reported a pass rate of 100 percent at each of the seven district middle schools.
“Middle schools continue to show outstanding performance for these students earning high school credit while in middle school,” Petruzielo said in the letter.
The same went for the algebra exam, which was taken for the first time by all students, except for Teasley at 98 percent.
The highest percentage of students passing the algebra exam in district high schools was River Ridge at 92 percent, with Cherokee reporting the lowest at 72 percent.
All Polaris Evening School students passed the geometry exam — the only perfect score in the district — with Cherokee reporting the lowest pass rate at 82 percent. In ninth-grade literature, 99 percent of River Ridge students passed the test, while only 87 percent of Polaris students did so.
For 11th-grade literature, 100 percent of Polaris and River Ridge students passed and all district schools scored above a 95 percent pass rate. County students overall had the highest pass rate in this portion of the exam at 98 percent.
Sequoyah fared the best on the biology exam with 97 percent of students passing. Polaris students showed a 13-point jump in their score from last year to 92 percent.
In physical science, Polaris also reported a perfect pass rate and Cherokee had the lowest percentage of students pass that portion of the test at 79 percent.
Etowah reported the highest percentage of students passing the U.S. History portion of the exam at 95 percent. Polaris had the lowest at 77 percent.
County students also did well on the economics portion of the exam, with each high school reporting an over 90 percent pass rate. Creekview and Cherokee did the best, having a 99 and 98 percent pass rates respectively.
River Ridge High School administered only ninth-, 10th- and 11th-grade EOCTs, as they did not have a 12th grade class last year. River Ridge will have a senior class for the first time in 2012-13.
Petruzielo also noted the “extraordinary results” of the EOCT scores for 1,715 students with disabilities taking the exams this year.
District students with disabilities performed better on every section of the test compared to the state, with 29 percent difference in performance greater than the state on the economics test, 25 percent in physics, 23 percent in 11th-grade literature and composition, 22 percent in U.S. history and 21 percent in geometry.
The highest pass rate was seen in 11th-grade composition, with 81 percent of CCSD students with disabilities passing the test.
This year, some important changes to the exam taken by all high school students in the spring include:
n Tests will be used to determine district and school scores per the College and Career Readiness Performance Index, which will be the statewide measurement replacing Adequate Yearly Progress for Georgia schools. The Georgia Department of Education hasn’t released the formula yet, but will reportedly do so in August with the first release of reports in December. All eight subjects of the EOCT will be used to determine CCRPI.
n The EOCT is now 20 percent of a student’s final grade in a course for all ninth- and 10th-grade students. Students are required to pass the eight EOCT courses for graduation, but not necessarily the EOCT itself. Students in 11th and 12th grades in 2012-13 have the option of passing the EOCT or the Georgia High School Graduation Test in the content areas of English, math, science and social studies.
n Students previously took Math I and Math II EOCTs, but those tests have been replaced with the curricular change to Georgia Public School Algebra and Geometry with the additional Common Core Standards.
n Middle school students taking Math I and Physical Science for high school credit took the EOCT for the first time last year. Percentages of middle school students taking high school courses for credit will be included in the new CCRPI formula.