The Cherokee County School District had a higher average number of students pass the EOCT in every course it was administered in last year, results released this week from the Georgia Department of Education show.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo congratulated the students and thanked everyone who helped to make the school system’s success possible.
“Every child deserves a high-quality public education that will prepare them for success, whether their path is higher education, military service or directly into the workforce,” Petruzielo said. “Our community’s future depends on this, which is why it has been and will continue to be our greatest priority.”
EOCTs count for 20 percent of a student’s final grade, and the tests were administered in eight courses last year, including algebra, geometry, ninth-grade literature and composition, 11th-grade literature and composition, biology, physical science, U.S. history and economics.
Not only did students outscore state averages for passing the EOCTs in 2014, but the district also outscored state averages on all courses of the EOCT in 2013, figures show.
School district spokesperson Barbara Jacoby said all high schools showed improvements from year-to-year, including rising algebra scores across the district.
On average, Cherokee schools exceeded the state average of students that passed the algebra test by 17 percentage points, the data shows.
In other EOCT subjects, the district outscored state averages in: geometry by 14 percentage points; ninth-grade literature and composition by 6 percentage points; 11th-grade literature and composition by 3 percentage points; biology by 15 percentage points; physical science by 8 percentage points; U.S. history by 13 percentage points; and economics by 10 percentage points.
While the district as a whole outscored state averages across the board, some schools performed better than others.
On the algebra EOCT, Etowah High School had the highest percent of students pass the test of any school in the district, with 61 percent passing, or 21 percentage points above the statewide average of 40 percent.
Cherokee High School was the only district school to have less than 50 percent pass the algebra test, with 32 percent of students passing, or 8 percentage points below the state average.
However, Cherokee High School has the most students of any high school who are in the English for Speakers of Other Languages program in the district, or ESOL. At Cherokee High School, 3 percent of the students participate in the ESOL program, compared to Etowah High School with 1.3 percent.
Cherokee High School also enrolls the highest percent in the district of students who qualify for free or reduced price meals, with nearly 40 percent of students qualifying.
Sequoyah High School had the highest percent of students pass the geometry EOCT, with 69 percent passing, or 34 percentage points higher than the state average of 35 percent.
Woodstock High School saw the highest percent of students passing the ninth-grade literature and composition EOCT, with 97 percent passing, compared to the state average of 88 percent.
For 11th-grade literature and composition, Creekview and Sequoyah tied for the highest passing rate, with 98 percent of students passing. The state average for the 11th-grade test is 93 percent.
Creekview High School had the highest percent of students pass the economics EOCT, with 98 percent passing, compared to the state average of 81 percent.
Etowah High School scored the highest on the biology EOCT, with 96 percent of students passing, compared to a state average of 75 percent passing; and, Etowah saw the highest passage rate in the district on the physical science EOCT, with 94 percent of students passing, compared to the state average of 85 percent.
Etowah also saw the highest percentage of students pass on the U.S. history EOCT, with 92 percent passing, compared to the state average of 73 percent.
Jacoby said district principals and personnel are now analyzing the EOCT results to refine individualized instruction to make sure all students’ needs are met.
Middle school students can also take the algebra and physical science EOCTs to earn high school credit, and those who took the tests showed a high passing rate.
In all middle schools across the district, schools showed no less than 85 percent of students passed the algebra EOCT, with four of the seven schools having a 100 percent passing rate.
Of middle school students who took the physical science EOCT, 100 percent passed at all schools in the district.