The Thomaston-Upson School System has received preliminary 2014 End of Course Test (EOCT) data, and Upson-Lee High School has posted increases in all content areas. In 9th grade Literature, students meeting or exceeding standards rose from 83 percent in 2013 to 88.33 percent in 2014. American Literature increased from 85 percent in 2013 to 88.46 percent in 2014.
ULHS students posted the highest increases in Biology, from 62 percent in 2013 to 72.09 percent in 2014, and in U.S. History, from 64 percent in 2013 to 76.92 percent in 2014. Test scores also increased in Economics (+5.65), Physical Science (+1.18), and Coordinate Algebra (+3.93).
Upson-Lee High Principal Tracy Caldwell said the increased scores are signs of the commitment the school system has made to improve student test scores.
“While these scores are preliminary, it is encouraging to see student performance increase in all content areas,” Caldwell said. “The scores are evidence that quality teaching and learning is taking place in the classrooms at Upson-Lee High School, and I want to commend the teachers for their hard work and dedication to our students and our community. We’re excited about this upward trend and committed to continuing to increase the number of students who meet and exceed the standards on these tests.”
Students who failed the EOCT were offered additional instruction and are given the opportunity to retake the test during the summer EOCT administration. Final EOCT test scores will be released by the GA DOE in July and will include the summer retest data.