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POSTED: June 21, 2010 1:04 p.m.
The results of the Georgia High School Graduation Tests show Liberty County’s 11th-graders performed above average in all core curriculum areas, though slightly below the state’s reported average.
Students at Liberty County High who tested this past spring earned an 89 percent passing rate in English language arts, an 89 percent passing rate in math, a 90 percent passing rate in science and a 64 percent passing rate in social studies. Overall, 61.3 percent of the tested students passed all tests.
Students at Bradwell Institute earned an 87 percent passing rate in English, an 86 percent passing rate in math, and 84 percent passing rate in science and a 71 percent passing rate in social studies. Overall, 65.8 percent of the tested population passed all tests.
Statewide, 90 percent of tested students passed language, 91 percent passed math, 90 percent passed science and 78 percent passed social studies. Overall, 74.2 percent passed all tests.
According to state Superintendent Kathy Cox, the results are evidence that high school students are scoring at more advanced levels on the graduation test, especially in science and English. Results on the math test show a slight decrease, and results on the social studies test reflect the rigor of the new curriculum.
“The results of the 2010 GHSGT are a mixed bag, but they definitely show that the GPS is working in English language arts and science as more students are performing at higher levels,” she said. “I want to commend teachers, students and school leaders for staying focused, especially in a very difficult year that presented a lot of budget-related challenges.”
On the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, the state board is reporting one-year improvement in 25 of the 34 content area tests with historical data.  
Three tests — grade 2 reading, grade 2 English and grade 1 mathematics — showed a decrease, and six tests showed now one-year change.
“These results provide further evidence that our teachers are doing a great job implementing the Georgia performance standards and they are to be commended for their hard work,” Cox said. “It also shows that when you raise expectations, Georgia students will rise up and meet that higher bar.”
Highlights include: a 74 percent passing rate in math among eighth-graders — a four-point increase in one year; an 80 percent passing rate in science among seventh-graders — a four-point increase in one year; a 90 percent passing rate in reading among fifth-graders — a two-point increase in one year; and a 70 percent passing rate in social studies among eighth-graders — a seven-point increase in one year.
School-level CRCT results will be made available by July 8.



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