The disruptions from Covid during the last school year had an impact on student learning state leaders said last week with the release of the annual Milestone test results.
Overall, scores dropped for students across the state compared to previous years, in large part due to the impact of Covid on classroom instruction.
“Georgia Milestones was designed to measure instruction during a typical school year, and 2020-2021 was anything but," State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Given the impacts of the pandemic on all students, we expected some decreases this year."
Federal funds were made available to local school systems to help remediate the loss of learning during the last school year.
The results of Milestones in Jackson County schools varied widely from school to school.
One snapshot of those results is the percentage of students who were not reading on grade level. That varied from a low of just 10.6% for 5th Graders at Jefferson Academy to a high of 51.6% for Jackson County Comprehensive High School students taking American Literature.
State education officials said that the year's results should not be compared to prior years due to the Covid impact.
The following is a snapshot of scores for local schools:
Below Grade-Level Reading
High Schools, American Lit.
Reading Below Grade Level
High School Algebra 1
High School Coordinate Algebra