Sep. 1, 2015 - Lawrenceville - A student takes nots in a Differential Equations class at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology in Lawrenceville, which had the highest combined SAT score among all high schools in Georgia for 2015. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM
Photo: Bob Andres
Photo: Bob Andres

Georgia Milestones test results show kids struggle with core subjects

The scores for Georgia’s first-ever Milestones tests are out and many students in some metro Atlanta school districts struggled to pass.

The old Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests and high school End of Course Tests “set some of the lowest expectations for student proficiency in the nation,” state Superintendent Richard Woods said in September when the statewide average scores were released. The new test is harder to pass, and the results released Monday show students struggling in metro Atlanta schools.

For third-grade English, a core subject, DeKalb County had the worst showing among major urban Atlanta districts, with 43.7 percent failing. Atlanta Public Schools had a 41.3 percent failure rate in the same grade and subject. Others were scoring around the twenties.

Read the details, analysis and reaction at myAJC.com and at the myAJC education page.

» COMPLETE RESULTS: View your school's test scores here

» COUNTY-BY-COUNTY: Cobb | DeKalb | Fulton | Gwinnett

» GET SCHOOLED BLOG: APS statement | DeKalb looks ahead | Test purpose? | GaDOE response

» RELATED STORIES: How useful are tests? | Overhaul proposal | Self-paced learning

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