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Test Scores Increase Throughout JCSS

Test Scores Increase Throughout JCSS

JEFFERSON — The Jackson County School System saw an increase in scores from the End of Grade testing conducted at the conclusion of the 2022-23 school year. The State of Georgia released the scores Friday. 

Students take Georgia Milestones End of Grade tests in grades three through eight and End of Course tests in four high school courses. 

The Jackson County School System showed growth and achievement throughout the system. JCSS has focused on ensuring high-quality resources, providing systematic professional development aligned to the most recent research, and implementing targeted instruction with fidelity in response to student needs. 

“This is a great step in a positive direction for our school system, in regards to test score data,” Superintendent Dr. Philip Brown said. “Our system has placed a value on high-quality instruction, professional development and collaboration to ensure we are placing our students in the best possible position for success. The improvements we saw system-wide show the value of placing an emphasis on instruction and doing what is best for all students.”

The diligent work of district, school leaders and teachers in ensuring best practices in reading instruction is paying off in big gains for students. Grades third through seventh saw an increase in the percentage number of students who tested by reading on the appropriate grade level, with sixth-grade seeing an 11 percent increase. 

JCSS continues to see significant gains in the percentage of students scoring at the proficient and distinguished level on Georgia Milestones End of Grade and End of Course assessments in many areas. Through regularly scheduled collaboration between teachers and system leaders, a focus has been placed on student learning and continuous improvement. JCSS expects continued gains in all areas through consistent, best-instructional practices and shared high-expectations.

JCSS saw an increase in the number of students who earned proficient or distinguished (level 3 and 4) recognition on the End of Grade or End of Course exams. A percentage increase was noted in third through seventh grade English Language Arts, third through sixth grade Mathematics, eighth grade Social Studies and the end of course exam for Biology.

At the high school level, schools continue to focus on increasing access and achievement in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses in all areas. JCSS has seen significant increases in the number of students taking AP and IB exams, while the level of student performance on those exams also continues to increase.  

The number of AP test-takers scoring 3+ on an exam increased by 28% for the system. The number of test takers increased as well. 

The Jackson County School System’s first day of the 2023-24 school year is Thursday, August 3.