With rise in test scores, foundational skills and diagnostic approach to testing must remain a focus
Test Scores Rise in the Majority of Subject Areas
Student scores for the 2016 administration of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System show increases in most subject areas. The percent of students achieving the ‘Proficient Learner’ level and Above increased for 23 of the 32 tests, with the highest gains seen in grade 5 science; grade 7 mathematics, science, and social studies; grade 8 English language arts, mathematics, and social studies; American Literature; Analytic Geometry; Biology; Physical Science; U.S. History; and Economics. Students who achieve ‘Proficient Leaner’ are considered to be on track to being college and career ready.
Better Performance a Testament to the Hard Work of Our Students and Teachers; Our Efforts Must Continue to Focus on Foundational Skills and Diagnostic Approach to Testing
“I’m pleased to see our students’ performance trending upward in many key areas,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Georgia’s students and teachers should be commended for these results – we asked them to clear a higher bar, and it is not a surprise to me that they delivered. While increases in most areas were seen, the results do highlight the need to focus on early grades, especially in the areas of literacy and numeracy. The policies of my administration will continue to emphasize a strong knowledge of foundational skills and concepts so students are reading on grade level by 3rd grade and being proficient in numeracy by 5th grade. Proficiency in these areas will ensure greater success in later grades.”
Woods Helped Lead Effort to Eliminate 8 Milestones Test, Give Districts Freedom to Eliminate SLOs
During the last legislative session, Superintendent Woods helped lead an effort to decrease the amount of high-stakes testing resulting in the elimination of eight Milestones tests and the option for districts to eliminate SLOs (Student Learning Objectives).
Georgia's State School Superintendent
Richard Woods has over 25 years of pre-k through 12th grade experience in public education. > Read Full Bio