Use the form below to filter for articles containing certain key words. Use the calendar on the right for articles published during a certain Month, Year.

August 1--  The principal at Vidalia High School says the Georgia Milestones Report which reports academic performance of students doesn't accurately reflect the story at Vidalia High School.

The state report showed most Vidalia students were not proficient in seven of eight subjects, however, Principal John Sharpe says that's because the state report doesn't include end of course scores for "all students."

"Basically the state only reports scores from the Spring so all of our students who took Milestones tests the first half of the year at Christmas were not included in that data while data that we do is compiled for the whole year. 

"Also, one of the things that skewed our results is that all of our students who are in need of support take the Milestones all year long and are tested in the Spring so our lowest achieving students are the ones who test in Spring and that skews our data.

"Another is that our 9th grade honor students take three of the Milestones subjects, 9th grade Algebra, 9th grade Literature and Physical Science in the 8th grade and they're not included in that data the state reports.  These are our top achieving students and when you add those in once they get to the 9th grade it shows a different score because we're taking the top third of our 9th grade students and they're not counted in the report which the state sends," Sharpe said.

Bottom line is that when you include all students who took the tests, the results in most cases are much different, "Overall we look at the scores from a longitudinal perspective and we are up on six of eight milestones.  There are still some areas where we need to improve.  We look at data and the teachers really buy into it and the teachers want to see that every student has the opportunity to achieve their full potential," he noted.

The school provided the following chart showing comparisons of this year's Milestones percentages compared to last year.  Beginning learners do not demonstrate proficiency in the subject, developing learners demonstrate only partial proficiency, proficient learners are prepared for the next grade level and are on track for college and career readiness, distinguished learners are well prepared.

English

9th Grade Literature

Year

Level I

Beginning

Level II

Developing

Level III

Proficient

Level IV

Distinguished

2019

16%

32%

48%

4%

2018

20%

42%

35%

3%

*The state report shows a Level I/Level II total of 57% in 2019.  The school's report totals 48%.                      

American Literature

Year

Level I

Beginning

Level II

Developing

Level III

Proficient

Level IV

Distinguished

2019

31%

35%

30%

5%

2018

25%

32%

36%

7%

*The state report shows a Level I/Level II total of 100% in 2019.  The school's report totals 66%.

Math

Algebra I

Year

Level I

Beginning

Level II

Developing

Level III

Proficient

Level IV

Distinguished

2019

29%

40%

27%

5%

2018

28%

46%

23%

3%

  *The state report shows a Level I/Level II total of 82% in 2019.  The school's report totals 69%.
                    

Geometry

Year

Level I

Beginning

Level II

Developing

Level III

Proficient

Level IV

Distinguished

2019

30%

32%

22%

15%

2018

37%

21%

30%

12%

*The state report shows a Level I/Level II total of 67% in 2019.  The school's report totals 62%.

Science

Physical Science

Year

Level I

Beginning

Level II

Developing

Level III

Proficient

Level IV

Distinguished

2019

41%

33%

25%

1%

2018

30%

45%

23%

2%

*The state report shows a Level I/Level II total of 87% in 2019.  The school's report totals 74%.

Biology

Year

Level I

Beginning

Level II

Developing

Level III

Proficient

Level IV

Distinguished

2019

6%

17%

54%

23%

2018

43%

27%

24%

6%

 *The state report shows a Level I/Level II total of 30% in 2019.  The school's report totals 23%.

Social Studies

US History

Year

Level I

Beginning

Level II

Developing

Level III

Proficient

Level IV

Distinguished

2019

30%

42%

26%

2%

2018

30%

43%

23%

4%

 *The state report shows a Level I/Level II total of 71% in 2019.  The school's report totals 72%.

Economics

Year

Level I

Beginning

Level II

Developing

Level III

Proficient

Level IV

Distinguished

2019

39%

35%

24%

2%

2018

48%

29%

20%

3%

*The state report shows a Level I/Level II total of 74% in 2019.  The school's report totals 74%.