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Students Miss the Mark in Georgia EOC Math Tests

The Georgia State Department of Education released this year’s End of Course Tests (EOCT) Wednesday, revealing students continued to struggle with the state's algebra and geometry exams.

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The Georgia State Department of Education released this year’s End of Course Tests (EOCT) Wednesday, showing overall performance in math subjects has missed the mark again this year.

About 65 percent of students failed to meet state standards for analytic geometry in 2013, the first year the course was tested. 59 percent failed to meet standards for coordinated algebra, showing slight improvement from last year’s results.

“While these results seem low and different from what we are used to seeing, they are in line with what many national assessments say Georgia’s students’ college and career readiness level is,” said State Superintendent John Barge in a statement. “We must address this head-on so our students leave our schools with the best preparation possible to succeed in life after high school.”

Georgia students improved in six out of eight End-Of-Course tests compared to last year's scores.

Statewide results were released Wednesday and district-level results should be available in two weeks. School-level results will be available by the end of July.

Here are the results broken down by subject:

  • 93 percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for American Literature & Composition. This is an increase of two (2) percentage points when compared to spring 2013.

  • 88 percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for Ninth Grade Literature & Composition. This is an increase of two (2) percentage points when compared to spring 2013.

  • 85 percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for Physical Science. This is an increase of two (2) percentage points when compared to spring 2013.

  • 81 percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for Economics/Business/Free Enterprise. This is an increase of two (2) percentage points when compared to spring 2013.

  • 75 percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for Biology. This is an increase of one (1) percentage point when compared to spring 2013.

  • 73 percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for U.S. History. This represents no change from spring 2013.

  • 40 percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for Coordinate Algebra. This is an increase of three (3) percentage points when compared to spring 2013.

  • 35 percent of Georgia’s students met or exceeded the standard for Analytic Geometry. The Winter 2013 EOCT was the first administration for Analytic Geometry.
Rogers Lackey July 02, 2014 at 06:09 PM
No finger pointing, or is this the results of the finger pointers?
Octo Slash July 03, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Keep trying, Georgia. You'll hit that magic #47 out of 50 mark some sunny day!
M. Stone July 03, 2014 at 08:28 AM
From personal experience in the Cobb Co. schools, I'd say the problems in the area of math might be due to teachers not effective in explaining the concepts, teachers not effective in maintaining discipline or quiet in the classrooms while teaching and testing are going on, and teachers absent for long periods resulting in substitutes who don't understand the math or how to teach it. I know the schools and teachers are all trying hard, but these factors I list seem chronic to me. I hope they can be addressed.
Baileyspet July 03, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Oh now we must not demean the sacred Decatur Schools. Ask any high paid administrator and they will tell you how excellent our schools are no matter what the test scores show.
John Galt July 03, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Government schools, and what do we spend on them? Ask big Frank what the problem is.

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