State releases End-of-Course Tests pass rates

JONESBORO — Clayton County students struggled on this year’s End-of-Course Tests in biology, math II and U.S. history, according to data released this week by the Georgia Department of Education.

The school district’s exam pass-rates were about 20 points lower than the state.

The biology EOCT pass-rate was 54 percent in Clayton, compared to 74 percent for the state. About 39 percent of local students passed math II while 57 percent passed in U.S. history. The statewide pass-rate was 59 percent for math II and 73 percent for U. S. history.

School officials still reported students across the state improved year-to-year on nearly every EOCT.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said there were improved scores in U.S. history, economics, biology, physical science, literature and composition, American literature and math II.

“These scores show the hard work of our teachers and students is paying off,” said Barge. “When looking at results in subjects that can be compared to last year, it is a positive trend. However, we are not where we need to be in every subject, particularly in math.”

There is an increased focus on EOCT this year as part of a plan approved by the State Board of Education in April 2011 to phase out the Georgia High School Graduation Tests.

The board’s plan began with students who entered ninth grade in 2011. The EOCTs count as 20 percent of those students’ final grades, which is an increase from 15 percent previously.

A complete list of pass-rates at the state, county and school level are available at www.doe.k12.ga.us.