Cherokee schools top state average in end-of-year tests
by Michelle Babcock
July 04, 2013 12:00 AM | 2241 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cherokee County School District announced Monday that students scored higher than the statewide average on the End-Of-Course Tests in all subjects in 2012 and 2013.

EOCTs are administered for eight courses and account for 20 percent of student’s grade in the class.

“These results further bolster what our students, parents, teachers and administrators already know,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo. “The Cherokee County School District provides our community with outstanding public education choices for every child.”

In all subjects, including algebra, geometry, ninth- and 11th-grade literature, biology, physical science, U.S. history and economics, CCSD students scored higher than the statewide average, Petruzielo said.

The first Georgia assessment based on the new Common Core Georgia Performance Standards, the coordinate algebra course, was administered during the last school year.

“CCSD exceeded the state percentage of students passing CCGPS Coordinate Algebra by 17 percentage points,” Petruzielo said.

Petruzielo said that both CCSD and state scores on the new CCGPS Coordinate Algebra EOCT were lower than previous EOCTs.

“Collaboration already is underway to incorporate higher order thinking skills into lesson planning in order to better prepare students for success in this area,” Petruzielo said.

CCSD students with disabilities also outscored other students with disabilities statewide, and Petruzielo said the EOCT results were “extraordinary.”

“This performance clearly indicates that CCSD staff, students and parents are working to ensure that every student masters student performance standards and gains the knowledge needed to pursue higher education and successful careers in today’s global marketplace,” Petruzielo said.

Petruzielo said that the students’ success not only provides them with a solid foundation for lifetime achievement, but also provides the community with an outstanding future workforce.

“(This success) leads thousands of newcomers to flock here to make a home for their families, and their businesses,” Petruzielo said. “Congratulations and thank you to everyone who makes these successes possible!”

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