PERRY -- In the last year before the Georgia Department of Education implements a new testing system, Houston County students performed strongly on state assessments.
Eric Payne, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, presented 2014 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests and End Of Course Tests results to school board members at a work session Monday.
Payne also presented the districts graduation rates, which improved in 2013 compared to 2012.
Students who began high school in Houston County in 2009 graduated in four years at a rate of 78.8 percent, the report stated. Statewide, that figure was 71.8 percent.
In April, about 12,500 Houston County students in third- through eighth-grade took more than 60,500 CRCTs in reading, English, mathematics, science and social studies. Houston County students performed best in eighth-grade reading, meeting or exceeding state standards at a 98.33 percent rate, and weakest on the sixth-grade science test, meeting or exceeding state standards at a 78.72 percent rate.
As of Monday, the state had not released EOCT and CRCT school and system averages.
A total of 13,578 EOCT tests were given to Houston County high school students enrolled in ninth-grade literature, American literature, coordinate algebra, analytic geometry, biology, physical science, U.S. history and economics.
Students performed strongest in American literature, meeting or exceeding state standards at a 94.03 percent rate, and weakest in analytic geometry, with standards met at a 45.19 percent rate.
The low achievement numbers in analytic geometry are a reflection of a change in the course, formerly known as Math II, and the assessment. The course is now aligned with Common Core Georgia Performance Standards, and the test this year was more rigorous than last year when students met or exceeded standards at a 72.13 percent rate, Payne said.
But there are a lot more changes coming. As was previously reported, the Georgia Milestones assessment system will replace both the CRCT and the EOCT tests next year. Aligned with the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards, the new assessment will require more from students than the assessments they will replace.
The Houston County June teaching and learning report, which summarizes system-level CRCT and EOCT results, is available online and can be accessed by visiting www.hcbe.net.