Liberty County Schools showed significant gains on the 2017-2018 Georgia Milestones Assessment.
In grades three through five, students improved on six out of the eight measures tested. Out of those improved, four of the eight areas also exceeded state averages and those of the First District Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA).
Both Taylors Creek and Waldo Pafford Elementary Schools are noted for their outstanding growth and performance.
Middle schools showed growth in five out of eight measures with particular attention to eighth grade scores, which continue to be on the rise. Grades nine through twelve improved in four of the eight measures with gains in algebra, economics, 9th grade literature and significant gains in physical science.
“The district is moving in a positive direction for the continued success of all of our students. However, our work is not complete and we will continue to strive for ‘Excellence in Everything’ at all grade levels in every school,” Liberty School Superintendent Dr. Franklin Perry said.
Georgia students showed strong gains on the spring 2018 Georgia Milestones assessments.
Scores increased in most subject areas, with the largest increases being recorded in third grade math and high school biology, physical science, and economics.
Statewide, the percentage of students achieving the proficient learner level and above increased or held steady on 22 of 26 end of grade and end of course assessments (compared to 18 of 26 assessments in 2017), Georgia Department of Education officials said in a release.
“We are seeing significant improvements in student performance year over year,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “In almost every subject area, there are more students achieving the proficient and distinguished performance levels. We’re beginning to see the impact of our efforts to expand opportunities for students – not focusing solely on the tested areas but genuinely providing a well-rounded education. Some of the areas we’ve focused heavily on, like fine arts and career education, aren’t directly tested on Georgia Milestones but they have an enormous effect on students’ ability to achieve academically and their overall engagement in their education. We’re starting to see the results of that more holistic approach.
“I continue to support a reduction of standardized testing to get Georgia in line with the federal minimum,” Woods said. “Making this a reality will require a change in state law, and I will push for this change in the upcoming legislative session.”