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DeKalb Schools: Georgia Milestones show student improvements

The DeKalb County School District touted several successes from Georgia Milestones scores released by the Georgia Department of Education on Friday.

District officials said students met or exceeded performance levels from the previous year’s results, including gains in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

The district still trails the state averages on scores in many critical areas.

“Today’s test scores prove that education in DeKalb County School District continues to improve and soar to new levels of achievement,” Superintendent Steve Green said. “Each statistic represents immeasurable efforts made on behalf of our students. They represent hours of rigorous study and execution by our students. They represent nights spent in the classroom after the school day ends by our teachers. They represent months of planning and follow-through from district administrators.

Among the bright spots:

• Several schools saw double-digit growth in the percentage of students scoring proficient or distinguished learner in at least one content area.

• The average scores for the ninth grade literature and U.S. history end-of-course exams increased eight points. Physical science scores increased by four points.

The Georgia Department of Education divides test performance into four tiers. The best performers are “distinguished,” followed by “proficient.” They are ready for the next grade. 

“Developing” and “beginning” learners, however, will need help, with the beginners in the worst spot. They will require “substantial” support to get on track. In addition to English in third grade, mastery of math by eighth grade is considered essential, since it’s a foundation for the more complex concepts in high school.

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