About half of Fulton students proficient or better in math, English

About half of Fulton County students scored proficient or better in English and math in the second year of the Georgia Milestones test, and performed better than the statewide average, according to the data released Tuesday.

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This is the second year of the Georgia Milestones test, and the first year that school officials are able to calculate a change in scores. The Milestones test is said to be harder to pass than the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, or CRCT, which it replaced during the 2014-2015 school year.

Overall, student scores statewide showed a slight improvement, with most of the gains seen among fifth-, seventh- and eighth- grade students. The percentage of students statewide who achieved scores indicating proficiency, meaning they are on track to graduate ready for college or work, increased slightly in 23 of 32 tests.

State school Superintendent Richard Woods has made two of his goals getting students reading on grade level by third grade and reaching proficiency in math by fifth grade. In Fulton, about 44 percent of third-graders achieved this level (above the state average of 35 percent) in reading; and just over half of fifth-grade students were at least proficient in math, ten percentage points higher than the statewide average.

Schools do not have to use the scores when considering whether to hold back low-performing students because of technical glitches in administering the tests in some places this year.

Read more about the Milestones results at myAJC.com.

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