Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012
News release from Aiken County Schools:
Aiken County high schools improved in all four subject areas (Algebra I, English I, U.S. History, and Biology) on the End of Course tests last spring, according to results released by the State Department of Education. The district scored above the state average in all subject areas except U.S. History. End-of-course (EOC) test results in Aiken County were positive, jumping several points over last year. In Aiken County high schools, 82.6% of the students passed the Algebra I EOC, 76.5% passed the English I test and 82.1% passed the Biology test. The EOCEP provides tests in high school core courses and for courses taken in middle school for high school credit. The EOC tests are given as state-wide exams in early May and count 20% of the students’ final grades in those subjects.
“As with other data points we avoid looking at information in isolation, however, our End of Course test results are very encouraging. They are an indication that we are emphasizing the concepts and skills necessary to get our students college and career ready,” states King Laurence, Associate Superintendent Division of Instruction and Accountability.
All of our high schools place special emphasis on courses with EOC exams. Teachers are isolating areas of weakness in classes with formative assessments such as Measures of Academic Progress and assisting students with targeted instruction such as Compass Learning Odyssey, USA Test Prep, math and ELA enrichment.
“We are pleased with the EOC results this year in that scores in all four subjects are up over last year and all but one area meet or exceed the state's averages. For several years, the district has worked closely with USCA and Aiken Technical College to provide high quality professional development for our Algebra and pre-Algebra teachers. We see those efforts paying off in the Algebra I scores. Also, schools have provided targeted on-time, on-line credit recovery for core courses in high school,” says Dr. Elizabeth Everitt, Superintendent of Schools.
"The increases in our district scores in English I and Algebra I are especially important because these two courses teach the basic skills that students need to be successful in advanced courses later in high school," according to Dr. Randy Stowe, Director of Administrative Services.
“We are pleased that our District had gains on all four EOCT's and that we are above the state average on every test except U. S. History. The strategies the teachers and administrators used were successful and we hope that we will see continued, incremental improvements,” states Dr. Tim Yarborough, High School Academic Officer.