Barrow County’s high schools are still lagging behind the state average on standardized test scores. The Barrow County Board of Education discussed the recently released Georgia Milestones results at its July 26 meeting.
The assessment tests students in several subjects, scoring them on levels 1-4 (with 4 being the highest).
District-wide, Barrow County School System high schools scored worse than the state in most categories.
BCSS had more students score in the bottom category than the state percentage in all subjects except biology, U.S. history and economics.
But BCSS did improve its scores over last year. Fewer students scored in the bottom category this year in all subjects except physical science.
The district performed worst in physical science, with 44 percent of its students scoring in the lowest category. Director of secondary education Melinda Kay said this may be because many of the district’s higher-performing students don’t take physical science, rather honors biology.
“We know we’re not where we want to be, but we are definitely making some gains to get there,” said testing and date specialist Jennie Persinger.
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