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Douglas County students improve End of Course Test scores
by Tom Spigolon
tspigolon@neighbornewspapers.com
July 16, 2013 02:55 PM | 1774 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lithia Springs High School junior Chasty Colbert and sophomore Chase Eubanks work in class earlier this year.
Lithia Springs High School junior Chasty Colbert and sophomore Chase Eubanks work in class earlier this year.
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Douglas County high school students improved their performance this year on all but one End-of-Course Test compared to 2012, according to information from the Georgia Department of Education.

Douglas students increased their scores in American literature and composition, ninth-grade literature and composition, biology, mathematics II, physical science and U.S. history. The number meeting or exceeding the standard for mathematics II and physical science saw particularly large jumps.

A slight decrease was seen systemwide in economics.

Monte Beaver, one of the school system’s two area directors, said administrators saw yearly growth in test scores at every school.

“I think ‘pretty pleased’ is a good way to say it,” he said.

The top performing 2013 schools included Alexander, Chapel Hill and Douglas County high schools. Chapel Hill topped the scores for ninth-grade literature, economics and mathematics II. Alexander had top scores in American literature, biology and physical science. Douglas County topped the scores for coordinate algebra — in the first year it was given — and U.S. history.

Students locally exceeded the statewide score in economics, with 81 percent of Douglas County School System students meeting or exceeding the standard compared to 79 percent statewide. Every high school except Lithia Springs scored higher than the state average in economics.

However, Douglas students’ scores were below the state average in most other subjects, ranging from one point below the state in ninth-grade literature, to 17 points below the state in U.S. history.

Beaver said schools which had lowest scores, including Lithia Springs and New Manchester, still recorded mostly higher test scores in 2013 compared to 2012.

He noted Lithia Springs for the third year in 2013-14 will be working with a federal school improvement grant. That allows the school to employ coaches in every subject, Beaver said.
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