Monday, May 16, 2011

Gains in Pass Rates for 2011 GHSGT

Fayette County Public School System’s scores on the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) remain strong in all subjects, even with the math section of the test aligned to the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for the first time.

The 2011 spring administration results for first time 11th grade test takers show the percentage of passing scores are up in English/Language Arts (97 percent passing) and Science (98 percent passing) by 1 and 2 percent, respectively, compared to last year. Social Studies remained the same (90 percent passing) while Math (95 percent passing) dropped 2 percent compared to the test give last year under Quality Core Curriculum (QCC).

State comparisons show that Fayette has higher pass rates across the board: 6 percent higher in English/Language Arts, 11 percent higher in Math, 5 percent higher in Science and 10 percent higher in Social Studies.

Not only are Fayette’s scores up in English/Language Arts and Science, but also are the percentages of students scoring in the “advanced proficiency” and “honors” categories. In English/Language Arts, the percent scoring in “honors” increased 2 percent; those scoring in “advanced proficiency” in Science increased 6 percent.

Special Education and Hispanic students increased their passing score in English/Language Arts by 12 and 2 percent, respectively, compared to last year. Even with math being aligned for the first time to the GPS, both groups increased their pass rate. Special Education students had a 10 percent increase with Hispanic students increasing their rate by 3 percent.

Passing percentage increases were also seen in science for Hispanic students, up 10 percent, and Black students, up 6 percent.


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