Barrow County students did worse in all subjects on the End of the Course Tests this year. Matt Thompson updated the board Tuesday on the frustrations of the test scores along with plans to improve it.
These are obviously distressing concerns,” said Thompson. “[If] we have evidence our students didn’t learn as well, we want to figure out why.”
Thompson used the ninth grade scores as an example since it had some sharp decreases and because it’s an influential school year.
The pass rate for all students was about 50 percent higher than the state average. The ninth grade-only pass rate was in the bottom third of the state.
Physical science saw a major drop which Thompson says may be due to course sequencing. In 2013, for students struggling in reading, physical science was deferred.
Thompson says this essentially led to the top 90 percent of the ninth grade being tested in physical science. This year, all ninth grade students were tested.
See the Aug. 27 edition of the Barrow Journal for the complete story.