The average: 1.75 percent, with 2.43 percent at the high end and as little as 0.62 percent, depending upon grade level and other factors.
State law requires students in grades three through eight to take end-of-grade tests in English and math, while students in grades five through eight also test in science and social studies. High school students take end-of-course tests in eight subjects.
While many parents and teachers are skeptical of the value of those tests, students were “extremely positive ... almost shockingly so” about their usefulness, said
Matt Thompson, who oversees data services for the Barrow County School System, one of five school districts where tests were reviewed.
GPEE didn’t provide details beyond the overall calculations, so it’s unclear how they arrived at their results. Teachers would be quick to note that time during a test represents only a portion of their overall investment. There are emails to send and read ahead of the test, and meetings about procedures and proctoring.
The goal was to help these districts weed out the unhelpful tests. Thompson told the state education board that teachers were more critical of tests written by teachers in the school district than of the state standardized tests.