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2015 GMAS Results for Douglas County Students

The 2015 Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS) results for End of Grade (EOG) in third through eighth grades and End of Course (EOC) in grades nine through twelve were released on Monday, November 16, 2015. Douglas County School System (DCSS) students took EOG and EOC assessments during the 2014-2015 school year. DCSS scored higher than the state average in the following areas.

DCSS ranks higher than the state average for proficient learners in the following areas:

·         3rd, 6th and 8th grade English/Language Arts

·         3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Mathematics

·         4th, 5th and 7th grade Science

·         4th and 5th grade Social Studies

·         High School US History and Economics

DCSS ranks higher than the state average for distinguished learners in the following areas:

·         4th and 5th grade Science

·         5th grade Social Studies

“We are proud of the fact that the students in the DCSS performed well in multiple areas,” said Dr. Gordon Pritz, Douglas County School System Superintendent. It is important to know that this information is a snapshot of our student performance mastering the state standards. I want to personally thank our teachers, leaders, and parents for setting high expectations for our students. We will continue to support literacy, mathematics, science and social studies, to enable each student in our district to be college or career ready.”    

These scores are from the first administration of the state of Georgia’s new assessment system. GMAS raised expectations for student performance therefore it was expected to see smaller percentages of students scoring at the Proficient and Distinguished Learner levels. There are four levels of performance with this assessment system:

·         Beginning Learners do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need substantial academic support to be prepared for the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.

·         Developing Learners demonstrate partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified by Georgia’s content standards. The students need additional academic support to ensure success in the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.

·         Proficient Learners demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.

·         Distinguished Learners demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are well prepared for the next grade level or course and are well prepared for college and career readiness.

According to the Georgia Department of Education, these scores are not comparable with the previously administered assessments: Criterion-referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) and the End of Course (EOC) tests because they are different tests with different expectations. The Georgia Milestones assessments are more rigorous and include constructed response and extended response questions. This assessment system provides valuable information about the student’s ability related to skills that are important for college or career readiness including writing, reading, and mathematics. In addition, this system streamlines the amount of tests the student takes throughout their school year.

The promotion and retention policy will not apply for the 2014-2015 data, however beginning with the 2015-2016 school year students must demonstrate competencies in reading in grades 3, 5, and 8 and mathematics in grades 5 and 8 to be promoted to the next grade.

“In the Douglas County School System, we continue to focus on quality teaching and learning in each of our schools,” said Pam Nail, Chief Academic Officer, Student Achievement and Leadership. “GMAS provides a wealth of information for our teachers and leaders to further support the students in our district. Areas of weakness will be identified and targeted as we disaggregate the data. Individual Student Reports for EOG will be sent home on Thursday and for EOC following the Thanksgiving break. More information about GMAS can be located at www.gadoe.org, www.douglas.k12.ga.us or by contacting your child’s school,” stated Ms. Nail.

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