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Gwinnett juniors improve on graduation test

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The results of the spring 2011 Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) continued a trend for Gwinnett County juniors: topping state results.

More than 9,000 Gwinnett 11th graders took the test in March. They scored the system's highest-ever passing rate in Science (96 percent) and met the previous all-time high in English/Language Arts (94 percent).

Additionally, a higher percentage of Gwinnett students earned the "Advanced Proficiency" or "Honors" designation, compared to their peers in the rest of the state.

Students must pass all four sections of the GHSGT to receive a high school diploma. The test is also a  factor in schools earning Adequate Yearly Progress under the Federal No Child Left Behind Act.

GHSGT results are disaggregated by subgroups, which allows districts to better evaluate progress toward eliminating achievement gaps between groups of students.

English/Language Arts

* Of all scorable papers, 61 percent of Gwinnett's test-takers scored in the Advanced Proficiency or Honors levels

* The percentage of students by race/ethnicity scoring in the Advanced Proficiency or Honors levels were:

  • Asian: 67 percent
  • Black: 50 percent
  • Hispanic: 45 percent
  • Native American: 64 percent
  • White: 75 percent
  • Multiracial: 64 percent

* Nine percent of English Language Learners and 18 percent of Special Education test-takers achieved at the Advanced Proficiency or Honors levels

Math

* Of all scorable papers, 60 percent of Gwinnett test-takers scored at the Advanced Proficiency or Honors levels

* The percentage of students by race/ethnicity scoring in the Advanced Proficiency or Honors levels were:

  • Asian: 79 percent
  • Black: 44 percent
  • Hispanic: 44 percent
  • Native American: 55 percent
  • White: 74 percent
  • Multiracial: 58 percent

* Twenty-seven percent of English Language Learners and 17 percent of Special Education test-takers achieved at the Advanced Proficiency or Honors levels

Social Studies

* Of all scorable papers, 50 percent of Gwinnett test-takers scored at the Advanced Proficiency or Honors levels

* The percentage of students by race/ethnicity scoring at the Pass-Plus levels were:

  • Asian: 63 percent
  • Black: 35 percent
  • Hispanic: 36 percent
  • Native American: 33 percent
  • White: 64 percent
  • Multiracial: 55 percent

* Eleven percent of English Language Learners and 17 percent of Special Education test-takers achieved at the Advanced Proficiency or Honors levels

Science

* Of all scorable papers, 69 percent of Gwinnett test-takers scored at the Advanced Proficiency or Honors levels

* The percentage of students by race/ethnicity scoring in the Advanced Proficiency or Honors levels were:

  • Asian: 81 percent
  • Black: 54 percent
  • Hispanic: 54 percent
  • Native American: 64 percent
  • White: 84 percent
  • Multiracial: 72 percent

* Twenty percent of English Language Learners and 27 percent of Special Education test-takers achieved at the Advanced Proficiency or Honors levels

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