Fulton County invites staff and parents to participate in the Georgia Board of Education’s public comment period for its first Georgia Standards of Excellence for science and social studies. The public comment period will be conducted for 60 days, and if approved, the standards will be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year, following a full year of teacher training. Visit the Georgia Department of Education website for more information and to provide feedback by March 14.
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Georgia Milestones Information
Georgia's Department of Education recently released the state level 2014-15 results for the Georgia Milestones Assessment administered last Spring (click here for state level results). Test results place students into one of four categories based on their performance:
Level 1: Beginning Learners (do not yet demonstrate proficiency)
Level 2: Developing Learners (demonstrate partial proficiency)
Level 3: Proficient Learners (demonstrate proficiency)
Level 4: Distinguished Learners (demonstrate advanced proficiency)
It is expected that students score in levels 2, 3, or 4 to be considered on track for college and career readiness. In the areas of Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies (3rd-5th grades), approximately 30% of all students in GA scored as Beginning Learners, 30% scored as Developing Learners, 30% scored as Proficient Learners and 10% scored as Distinguished Learners.
These results are dramatically different than recent CRCT scores; Georgia students overall are scoring lower as these tests are more rigorous with higher expectations. For a full press release from the GA Department of Education click here.
To see Fulton County School system level results, click on this link: http://www.fultonschools.org/en/PublishingImages/Lists/FCSSpotLight/SpotlightLandingPage/Fulton%202015%20End-Of-Grade%20Results.pdf
Ms. Heather Welch is the Curriculum Support Teacher at New Prospect Elementary in Alpharetta, GA.