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Barrow County Students Beat State Milestones

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In data released by the Georgia Department of Education today, Barrow County School System continues to beat the state average and see growth on Milestones tests.

Georgia Milestones assessments attempt to measure the degree that students have learned and mastered standards in tested subject areas. Milestones are taken towards the end of the school year and assess the full span of the grade level standards. Students are ranked in four different categories: beginning (1), developing (2), proficient (3), or distinguished (4). Students who have fully mastered the standards achieve at the proficient level and distinguished indicates moving beyond that level.

  • End of Grade (EOG) assessments cover English/language arts and mathematics for students in grades 3 through 8, and science and social studies in grades 5 and 8.  The results are used when determining if third, fifth and eighth grade students move on to the next grade.
  • End of Course (EOC) assessments cover content at the high school level on eight core classes required for graduation, which includes 9th grade Literature, American Literature, Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology, Physical Science, U.S. History, and Economics.

Approximately 10,000 students in Barrow County School System took part in the Milestones testing last year, and about 13,885 tests were administered. The assessment was administered 100% online for the first time last spring (with the exception of students who require an accommodation).

"The district's intentional focus on high quality instruction is evident in the overall increases in the percentages of students scoring at and above the proficient level across grade levels and content areas,” shared Dr. Angela Moton, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. “We are proud of academic achievement and progress of students and the dedication, hard work and commitment of all Barrow County School System staff towards improving student learning. We will use these gains and successes to guide our future work and replicate the best practices to continually improve teaching and learning for all."

EOG Results

When looking at percentages of students achieving a rank of Developing or higher, Barrow County students outperformed the state in all grade levels and content areas in elementary and middle school.

The largest increases for Barrow County School System compared to the state results were recorded in eighth-grade science (+8) and math (+7), seventh-grade math (+7), and fifth-grade ELA (+6) and math (+6).

Milestones End of Grade 2019
Percentage above Beginning (Levels 2, 3, & 4)

Milestones End of Grade 2019 - Percentage above Beginning (Levels 2, 3, & 4)

Comparing scores from last year to this year, Barrow County School System saw an increase (+2) for English Language Arts across all elementary and middle grades.

Percent Above Beginning Level for EOG All Grades
2018 vs. 2019

Percent Above Beginning Level for EOG All Grades - 2018 vs. 2019

EOC Results

Barrow met or exceed the state in six subjects for high school. Barrow students outperformed the state high school subjects in Geometry, Physical Science, and U.S. History. Barrow equaled the state performance in 3 other areas, including 9th Literature, American Literature, and Economics.

Milestones End of Course 2019 (Combined Winter-Spring Results)
Percentage above Beginning (Levels 2, 3, & 4)

Milestones End of Course 2019 (Combined Winter-Spring Results) - Percentage above Beginning (Levels 2, 3, & 4)

Barrow County School System saw an increase in results in 5 of the 8 high school areas over scores from last year. The most significant increase was in Physical Science (+18).

Barrow County Schools: Percent Above Beginning Level
2018 vs. 2019

Barrow County Schools: Percent Above Beginning Level - 2018 vs. 2019

Overall, Barrow County students’ performance improved from last year in more than half of the EOC assessments as well as EOG English Language Arts for all students.

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Barrow County School System is BOLDly Committed to Student Success and serves more than 14,000 students in the metro-Atlanta area. Barrow County School System is the 25th largest school system in the state of Georgia and focused on Building Our Learning Differently (BOLD). For more information, please visit www.barrow.k12.ga.us or contact us at 770-867-4527.

Media Contacts:

Shenley Rountree, Director of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships
770-867-4527 | Shenley.Rountree@barrow.k12.ga.us

Jennie Persinger, Testing and Data Coordinator
770-867-4527 | Jennie.Persinger@barrow.k12.ga.us

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