For the most part, students in Jackson County’s four high schools had lower failure rates than the state average on last spring’s End of Course Tests.
East Jackson Comprehensive High School had the highest local failure rates in three out of six areas where its students did worse than the state average. Commerce High School and Jackson County Comprehensive High School students had a higher failure rate than the state average in economics. Jefferson High School students did better than the state in all six areas.
The areas where local students struggled the most were math and economics, but they had a much lower failure rate than the state in physical science and biology.
The results reflect the spring testing and are difficult to compare since the tests are offered twice a year, once for each semester. Some smaller schools only offer a particular class once a year, making it difficult to track year-over-year progress.
In 2011 – 2012, the EOCT became Georgia’s high school accountability assessment as part of the College and Career Readiness Performance Index. The test results also count at 20 percent of a student’s grade in the specific class.
For the full story and a chart showing how the schools fared, see the July 17 issue of The Commerce News.