Coweta County Students outperform state on Milestone Assessment Exams

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From Coweta County Schools Press Release

Results for the Spring 2019 administration of the state Milestone Assessment were released Friday by the Georgia Department of Education, and Coweta County students continued to outperform state-wide results.

Overall, Coweta County School System students in grades 3 through 8 showed higher rates of academic performance on Georgia’s annual grade and subject exams.

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System is the state’s comprehensive student testing program, covering a number of subject exams in grades 3 through 12. For the annual Milestone exams in grades 3 through 8, students are tested in the Spring on their grade-level proficiencies in English/Language Arts and Math.  Students in grades 5 and 8 take additional grade-level tests in Science and Social Studies.

Student performance on the Georgia Milestones is reported in one of four categories – Beginning Learner, Developing Learner, Proficient Learner, and Distinguished Learner. These levels are intended to reflect student mastery of the content area in each grade level. The state examines the data based on the top three levels (developing and higher) and top two levels of student performance (proficient and higher).

Coweta County School System students outperformed the state in all assessment areas.  Higher percentages of Coweta students scored in the top three categories and in the top two areas of subject mastery than state averages in all 16 exams.

The Coweta County School System also showed improvement in student performance from 2018 to 2019 in most areas.

The percentage of students scoring in the top two and top three categories on the Milestones exams in 2019 showed increases in 14 of the 16 grade and subject areas over 2018 performance rates.

“While an end-of-year test score is not the only indicator that measures student progress, it is a strong indicator of our instructional focus on the required state curriculum, and on the academic abilities of our students,” said Coweta Superintendent Steve Barker.  “These results demonstrate a continuing trajectory of improvement for our schools.  This level of performance is thanks to the hard work of our students and parents, teachers and school system employees, and the support of our community.”

Barker said that the Milestones data released this week is currently being used for school improvement planning for the upcoming school year.

The chart below compares this year’s average performance rates for the Coweta County School System and the state of Georgia:

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