• By Mercedes C Parham
  • Friday, July 26, 2019

2019 Georgia Milestones results indicate district improvements

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Muscogee County School District

2960 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906

For Immediate Release
Mercedes Parham
Director of Communications and Open Records Officer
Office: (706) 748-2034
Fax: (706) 748-2036
www.muscogee.k12.ga.us

MEDIA RELEASE
Columbus, GA- According to a recent release from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), the Muscogee County School District (MCSD) has increased its percentage of students identified as Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 70.8% (17 out of 24) of the content areas assessed by the 2019 Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) and End of Course (EOC) tests. The District outperformed other Tier II comparison groups throughout the state in 17 out of 24 (70.8%) assessed content areas.

“The hard work and dedication of all our students, teachers, and administrators is to be commended. We are pleased with the results overall and the gains with English Language Arts, in particular. Our focus on literacy continues to have a positive impact as reflected in the decrease of beginning learners and moving more students toward proficiency,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Education, Muscogee County School District.

“In addition, the overwhelming majority of our high school courses continue to trend upward with more students moving towards mastery across multiple subjects. We will continue to build on our foundation in literacy while we provide additional supports for the areas of math that have improved, but not yet realized our full expectations.”

Georgia Milestones EOG and EOC tests report student learning with four levels of achievement:

  • Beginning Learners do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need substantial academic support to be prepared for the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.
  • Developing Learners demonstrate partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified by Georgia’s content standards. The students need additional academic support to ensure success in the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.
  • Proficient Learners demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.
  • Distinguished Learners demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are well prepared for the next grade level or course and are well prepared for college and career readiness.
Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS) End-of-Grade Assessment (EOG) Highlights

  • MCSD increased or maintained the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 12 of 16 (68.8%) areas.
  • MCSD decreased or maintained the number of Beginning Learners in 11 of 16 (68.8%) areas.
  • MCSD increased the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 5 of 6 (83.3%) of grade levels in English Language Arts (ELA).
  • MCSD increased or maintained the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 4 of 6 (66.7%) of grade levels in Mathematics.
  • MCSD increased the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in both 5th and 8th grade Science, which represents 100% of grade levels assessed for Science.
Comparison: 2018 to 2019*

MCSD EOG

State EOG



Developing and above

Increased

8

11

Same

3

2

Decreased

5

3

Proficient and above

Increased

11

14

Same

1

2

Decreased

4

0














*These results include the combined EOG and EOC for math and science in 8th grade.


2019 GMAS EOG Proficiency Levels

GMAS End-of-Course (EOC) Assessment Highlights

  • MCSD increased or maintained the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 7 of 8 (87.5%) areas.
  • MCSD decreased the number of Beginning Learners in 7 of 8 (87.5%) areas.
  • MCSD increased the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 2 of 2 (100%) of courses in English Language Arts.
  • MCSD increased the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 2 of 2 (100%) of courses in Math.
  • MCSD increased or maintained the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 2 of 2 (100%) of courses in Science.
  • MCSD increased the number of Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 1 of 2 (50%) of courses in Social Studies.
Comparison: 2018 to 2019

MCSD EOG

State EOG



Developing and above

Increased

7

6

Same

0

1

Decreased

1

1



Proficient and above

Increased

6

4

Same

1

3

Decreased

1

1



2019 GMAS EOC Proficiency Levels

“Our continued focus is on providing high-quality professional development and the implementation of key instructional resources tied to our Balanced Literacy Program, such as Achieve3000, Lexia Core5, and Fountas and Pinnell. That has been the key to the progress we are seeing in literacy,” said Keith Seifert, Chief Academic Officer.

“While we are seeing progress in ELA, the results indicate that we need a constant focus on mathematics. We plan to continue to implementing our new math curriculum resources in middle and high schools to help teachers with targeted instruction and resource implementation.”

The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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