“The scores show even more students are meeting and exceeding standards than in previous years,” district spokesman J.D. Hardin said in a statement.
“In all tested subjects – reading, English/language arts, math, science, and social studies – across the six tested grades, county students outpaced the state averages.”
According to the data released, out of the 30 areas tested – five subjects across six grades – the school district saw increases or no changes in student achievement in 21 areas.
The combined percentages for tested subjects across all grades show that only math decreased from 86 percent meeting or exceeding standards compared to last year’s 88 percent.
In the four remaining subject areas, Henry County students increased their average percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards in reading, science, and social studies and maintained their average score in English/language arts.
Superintendent Rodney Bowler said the latest results show a continued trend for the system of outperforming state averages.
“We maintain our goal of 100 percent of our students meeting or exceeding the standards before them,” he said in a statement. “While we know the Georgia Milestones assessment system will raise the bar for students all across the state next year, we will continue our efforts to meet our goals and provide educational success for each student.”
Individual school scores will be released today.
Statewide, the percentage of Georgia’s eighth-graders exceeding standards in all tests increased this year, including an 8 percent increase in reading.
Students took the CRCT for the last time this year.
Beginning next year, all students in grades 3 to 8 will take the Georgia Milestones.
The new testing system is one consistent program across grades 3 to 12, rather than a series of individual tests.
It will include open-ended questions to gauge students’ content mastery better and, with some exceptions for special education students with specific testing accommodations, will be administered entirely online by the fifth year of implementation.
It will be aligned to the Common Core Georgia performance standards in English language arts and mathematics and Georgia performance standards in science and social studies.
It will require more from students than the CRCT and end of course test it replaces, to prepare students better for college and career and provide a more realistic picture of academic progress.
“These increased expectations for learning may mean initially lower scores than previous year CRCT or EOCT scores, but that is to be expected and should bring Georgia tests in line with other indicators of how our students are performing,” department spokesman Matt Cardoza said in a statement.