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State test scores show 1/3 of Georgia students are not ready to move to the next grade

Georgia Department of Education

Only about two-thirds of Georgia’s high schoolers have mastered core subjects at a level that would allow them to move on to the next grade, according to new data released this week by the Georgia Department of Education.

The latest College and Career Ready Performance Index reports provide overviews of how students are performing across the state. The content mastery score covers English, math, social studies, and science. This year’s high school score of 64.7 is down from 2019’s score of 70, when the last full set of data was collected.

But in “readiness,” which includes topics like literacy and computer science, things have remained stable. This year’s high school students earned 73.2, down from 2019’s score of 74.5.

The new data also includes information on elementary and middle school performance. The results from 2019 are not directly comparable to this year’s results because of pandemic-related changes to the reporting process.

Locally, students in the Clarke County School District trailed the state average in several key areas and saw significant drops in literacy rate. Overall, the district’s content mastery scores were down from the last report, which was in 2019.

One bright spot in the report shows that progress towards English proficiency scores were higher.

In a statement, the district’s new Superintendent, Robbie Hooker, who was just appointed to lead the district this summer, acknowledged the shortfalls and said that the district was focusing on “rigorous instruction.”

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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