Clayton County schools lag behind state averages on two key indicators for how well students are learning. You can track down your school’s scores on
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Clayton schools lag on key indicators for student success

Clayton County Schools lagged behind state average scores in key indicators from the 2017 Milestones test scores.

The state Department of Education released the scores Thursday, which show that nearly eight of ten eighth-grade students have some catching up to do before they will be considered proficient in math.

The state average is six in ten students are not on track.

Eighth-grade math scores are a benchmark that generally indicates success going forward.

Another key bench mark is third-grade reading. Students who are proficient readers by third grade usually go on to more success in school

In Clayton, 21 percent of third-graders were proficient or better at reading, according to the test results. That means, again, eight in ten are not where they ought to be.

Across Georgia, 35 percent of third-graders were on track with reading and 65 percent need to do more work to master the subject.

You can find your elementary school’s scores on this searchable database created by The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The Milestones are administered starting in third grade. They measure students’ mastery of state educational standards in subjects such as English, math and science.

The scores determine whether students fall into one of four categories, from non-proficient to complete mastery, and they count for one-fifth of a high school student’s course grade. 

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