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July 29, 2019

Georgia Students Make Gains on Annual Benchmarks in Reading, more...


The latest scores are in for Georgia Milestones, Georgia's annual assessment starting in third grade that measures proficiency in subjects like English language arts, math and science, among others.

[T]he percentage of students achieving the Proficient Learner level and above increased or held steady on 25 of 26 End of Grade (EOG) and End of Course (EOC) assessments, compared to 22 of 26 assessments in 2018. source

Third grade literacy proficiency, which Georgia Department of Education identifies as a key measure, saw single-digit gains across most categories. Metro Atlanta school districts, specifically those in the Learn4Life effort, have been laser-focused on what's working in early literacy including vision screenings, teacher professional development, and family literacy as part of health, among others. Learn4Life, which includes eight metro-area school districts, has substantial networks established for both early literacy (third grade reading) and post-secondary enrollment & completion.

This year, Learn4Life has also established a large network for eighth grade math with a heavy focus on STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics). Follow their progress here and here

From the allongeorgia

 About Georgia Milestones

Students began taking Georgia Milestones assessments in 2014-15. The testing system is one comprehensive program across grades 3-12, which includes open-ended and technology-enhanced questions to better gauge students’ content mastery. The assessment was administered 100% online for the first time in the 2018-19 school year (with the exception of students who require a paper/pencil test as an accommodation).

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