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Significant Gains in Mathematics/Science Highlight Jasper County Charter System 2021-2022 Milestone Results

Significant Gains in Mathematics/Science Highlight Jasper County Charter System 2021-2022 Milestone Results

Significant Gains in Mathematics/Science Highlight Jasper County Charter System 2021-2022 Milestone Results 

 

On Friday, July 22, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released accountability results for Milestones testing conducted throughout the 2021-2022 school year.  Jasper County Charter System demonstrated gains or held steady in 15 of 20 areas of assessment in terms of the developing learner level (Level II-IV).  The system also demonstrated gains in 10 of 16 areas of assessment in terms of the proficient learner (Level III-IV) in grades 3-8.  The system made overall gains in terms of the distinguished level learner (Level IV) In 12 of 20 overall  areas.

 

Milestones testing is conducted annually in grades 3-8 reading and math, grades 5 and 8 science, grade 8 social studies, HS coordinate algebra, American literature, biology, United States history as well as 8th graders identified as candidates for high school credit in physical science.  

 

"There is no doubt the pandemic has affected student learning throughout our county, state, and nation."  Stated Superintendent Kenny Garland. "However, Jasper County has demonstrated resilience in meeting the needs of student achievement by the overall academic performance during the past school year."  

 

Overall, mathematics results demonstrated significant improvements as compared to 2020-2021 results. In grades 3-8, five of six areas in the developing learners status improved overall with 5th and 8th grades making gains greater than 10%.  Five of six areas in the proficient learners status improved overall with 4th, 5th, and 8th grades making gains greater than 10%.  Distinguished levels improved greater than 5% in grades 4,5, and 8.  At the high school level, students scored above the state average in terms of proficient and developing learners.

 

"I am very proud of the efforts of our teachers, staff, and students as we made mathematics an area of focus in grades 3-8 during the previous school year.  Through development and following through with a plan of action to improve, our students have benefited greatly as demonstrated by these impressive gains."  said Superintendent Garland.  In addition, Mr. Garland noted Washington Park Elementary School showing results above the state average in math at the developing level at all grades 3-5.  "Washington Park has moved the needle in the right direction," said Garland.           

 

Gains in reading were noted in 4 of 5 grades levels at grades 4-8 as determined by the overall percentage of students meeting reading lexile levels established at the national norms.  A significant gain of 8.1% was noted in grade 5 and 8.7% in grade 7.  At the high school level, Jasper County High School and Jasper County Virtual Academy was above the state average in the level of developing learners (80.5%). The percentage also exceeded the 2019 results (pre-pandemic) of 79%.    .    

 

In terms of science, 5th grade science, and 8th grade physical science noted gains in both areas of developing and proficiency.   The percentages in both levels were above the state average.  Eight grade physical science students scoring at the level of developing was at 96%.  

 

US History results at the level of proficient and developing were above the state average and exceeded pre-pandemic scores from 2019.    

 

"While the system has made gains, there is still room for growth" Garland noted.  "We will use the results to prepare for the upcoming school year as we move in a continuous improvement model. 

 

Statewide Milestones results can be found at the Georgia Department of Education webpage at: 

 

https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/Georgia_2021-2022_Assessment_Results.aspx