CARROLLTON, GA – Carrollton City Schools’ focus on math support proved to be a successful formula, raising test scores and exceeding state averages on the Georgia Milestones math assessments systemwide, according to data released by the Georgia Department of Education.
In addition to improvement in math, Carrollton High School exceeded the state average in virtually all testing areas, in some cases surpassing the state average by double-digit percentages, such as in coordinate algebra and analytic geometry, with both exceeding the state average by 13.4 percentage points.
“Math was a strength across the board, confirmation that an intentional focus on teacher and student support will yield positive results,” said Anna Clifton, assistant superintendent of Teaching and Learning.
The three other schools in the district saw similar improvement in math, said Clifton. Carrollton Elementary School exceeded the state average by almost 8 percentage points, improving, when compared to 2016 results, by 12.2 percentage points. Carrollton Middle School exceeded the state average by 11 points and improved 8.1 percentage points. Carrollton Junior High School eighth graders posted an improvement of 5.2 percentage points over last year.
At CHS, student performance exceeded the state average by 12.2 percentage points in physical science and 19.3 percentage points in biology, which also improved over last year’s performance by 15 percentage points. CHS ninth grade and American literature classes also made major leaps, with ninth graders exceeding the state by 7.9 percentage points and improved by 24 percentage points over 2016. American literature results posted 9.1 percentage points above the state average and improved 19.5 percentage points compared to 2016. U.S. History also saw double-digit improvement of 11.3 percentage points over 2016, and exceeded the state by 5.5 percentage points.
All averages were calculated by grouping the proficient and distinguished levels of performance, the highest in the four-level scale.
Clifton noted that districtwide, English/language arts made the least improvement in 2017, with the exception of the ninth grade and American literature testing at CHS.
“Our focus on literacy going forward was confirmed through this data,” said Clifton. “We are confident with the balanced literacy approach we are implementing from kindergarten through 12th grade, great improvements will be shown in the future.”