Monday, July 31, 2017

2017 Milestones Results

2017 Milestones results were released on July 20, 2017. The visual below uses the publicly available files from GADOE's website to show achievement levels by school.

*Only grades 5 and 8 were administered social studies and science milestones in 2017.

Use the filters on the left to focus on a specific grade or subject, or to switch to elementary schools. Use the tab at the top to switch to End of Course exams (high school). The End of Course results include all test administrations that occurred throughout the year. Since this view was created with the state data files, users can also use the "System" filter to view data for other districts.

The graph is sorted by the percentage of students scoring at the beginner level, but the relative ranking changes if a different category is used. Atlanta Classical Academy, which is our middle school with the lowest poverty rate, has the highest percent of students scoring above beginner. However, Inman middle school has a much larger percentage of students who reach the distinguished level. Achievement results tend to be highly correlated with family income- see our previous post on poverty and test scores.

The achievement level view is great for understanding how students compare to state standards and to other APS schools. The description of each state achievement level is 
available here. For a summary of overall APS performance, see the superintendent's blog.

The next view converts average test scores for each school into a state percentile. This view is more helpful for comparing performance over time, across grades and subjects, and to the rest of the state.

The percentiles show a school's relative position among all Georgia schools. For example, at Burgess-Peterson they were in the 79th percentile for 4th grade math. This means their average scale score is as high or higher than 79% of schools in Georgia. This is up from 57 in 2016. For a more detailed description of the percentile view, see our previous percentile post

Note that the EOG percentiles view does not include advanced math and science students in eight grade who took an EOC, but they can be found on the EOC tab. This causes schools with a large advanced programs like Inman to have a lower 8th grade math or science percentile on the EOG view.

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