Students among top third in GA; fifth graders second in math
Pierce County Schools were among the top third of systems in the state and outperformed area schools on the Georgia Milestones test this spring.
The Okefenokee Regional Education Services Area (RESA) includes Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Pierce and Ware.
Students in all grade levels finished first or second in the RESA in all subjects including English/Language Arts, math, social studies and science.
Fifth grade elementary students locally did exceptionally well. Results showed local fifth graders placed second in the state in math and in English/Language Arts. They also ranked sixth in the state in science scores. Third graders also had a top ten finish in the state in math scores.
Elementary schools in 204 school systems in the state take the assessment.
Pierce County students in middle school grades also performed better in all subjects than in the RESA.
Sixth graders finished in the top ten state-wide in both math and language arts, while seventh graders scored 13th in the state in math.
Eighth grade students were second in the RESA in math.
Middle schools in 205 systems in the state take the assessment.
At the high school, students placed first or second in all subjects compared to the RESA and finished in the top ten in the state in ninth grade literature and composition and in biology, physical science, algebra II and economics.
High school students in 193 systems in the state taking the end of course assessments.
Test results were shared at last week’s Board of Education meeting.
School superintendent Dr. Kevin Smith says he is pleased with the results of the Georgia Milestones Assessments.
“The results indicate student gains across all grade levels and subject areas in all of our schools,” Dr. Smith said. “Our student results here compare very favorably with other students in our region and statewide. These positive results affirm the high level of quality and effectiveness of our instructional program as well as the strong support of the school instructors and leadership in assisting all of our students in attaining their academic goals.”
The test was administered in April to all third, fourth and fifth grade students at Blackshear, Midway and Patterson Elementary Schools, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at Pierce County Middle and to ninth-twelfth grade students at Pierce County High.
The test assesses student learning along four levels of performance (Beginning Learners, Developing Learners, Proficient Learners, Distinguished Learners).
The score is the percentage of students proficient in their coursework. Proficient learners are defined as students who demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary for this course, as specified in Georgia’s content standards.
The Georgia Milestones test was put in place five years ago and is designed to be more challenging than other standardized tests, going beyond multiple choice with constructed and technology-enhanced questions.