I threw the question out last week about how students fared on the Georgia High School Graduation math test and found an array of responses. Some posters reported great scores for their own schools.
But district scores released today indicate a drop in math scores overall in the metro area.
The AJC has a database where you can check math, science, social studies and English scores. My own district did well, with 99 percent passage on science, 90 on math, 96 on English and 91 social on studies. Overall, 84.4 percent of students passed all parts of the test, giving Decatur City Schools spot 18 on the statewide ranking.
The metro’s highest pass rate was Cherokee with 90 percent of its students passing all parts of the test. The lowest passing rate in the metro area was Atlanta Public Schools, with 58 percent passing.
District-by-district scores released Friday showed fewer metro students passed the math portion of the exam, which is one of five parts necessary to earn a diploma. Atlanta Public Schools showed the biggest drop in the percentage of passing students, 17 points; Cobb showed the least, 1 percentage point.
Current high school juniors have been taught integrated math since 2006. But this is the first year the graduation exam tested them on the new format, which meshes algebra, geometry and statistics in a single course. In March, the state Board of Education voted to give districts the option of teaching math traditionally, one subject at a time.
The high-stakes graduation test is also on the way out: Starting next year, all students except incoming freshman can opt to take end-of-course test instead. Freshman and students that follow will only take the end-of-course, which will count more heavily.
–From Maureen Downey,. for the AJC Get Schooled blog