Moreover, GCS ISTEP takers scored higher than the state average in every grade for both language arts and math, with the district’s fifth graders attaining the highest scores of all at 96.3 percent. Additionally, the district’s lowest score in any subject – 82.2 percent in language arts – was still 6 percentage points than the state average for eighth grade language arts across the state.
When asked where the district needs the most improvement, Williams answered, “When your scores are this consistently good, we just want to continue to maintain those scores. We’ll continue analyzing our scores, of course, but there isn’t any particular subject or grade that requires dramatic improvement. Our teachers work tirelessly to work with every student to be successful and that fact is reflected in these scores.”
Data from each individual ISTEP section was broken down more succinctly in 2013 than in previously years, and Williams said those numbers would “drive professional conversations for the next several months. We’ll use that information to better understand our strengths and weaknesses and to adjust our instructional practices accordingly.”
Williams further characterized aspects of GCS’s 2013 ISTEP scores as “nothing short of phenomenal. We really praise the hard work of our staff, teachers and administrators.”
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