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New test scores show Georgia students are showing progress

The latest Milestones test results are out, and they show Georgia students are making steady progress, but have yet to fully recover from the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s results showed increases on 13 of 21 assessments. Most of the gains came in English/Language arts and math, and at the elementary and middle-school levels. Most declines occurred in science and social studies and at the high school level.

The state Department of Education is launching several initiatives aimed at addressing the results. The agency is hiring 100 certified teachers to serve as virtual tutors in a program set to to start with the upcoming 2023-24 school year.

The DOE will partner with AmeriCorps to provide tutoring for up to 5,000 students at schools identified as in need of tutors and expand the availability of BEACON, which measures students’ progress throughout the school year to allow educators to target instruction.