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Page 5C our news Sh rt Drive, BIG iVROLET BUICK BARNESVILLE, GEORGIA 909 Veterans Pkwy Barnesville, GA 30204 770-358-0246 .- 3 %, Congratulations to the Monroe County Reporter on all your of awards from the Georgia Press Association, and for being honored with the award for Best Paper (2nd Place) in the state for its size. t i Kathy Rowland, Agent F ORSYT H-MON ROE CHAMBER 10 W. Chambers Street Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-9239 Monroe Couxlly Memorial Chal)ei Mon rot: Meli|orial (;ardens ),l t,t.b &' L' ~t:~ ~,est Main St. F(nsvth 994-4266 ,= PROPAli l" (478) 992-8326 24-Hour Emergency Service EVERGREEN PROPANE ;si e,it;i,i comi;ie; ic, i Agriculturol Why Pay More? 5tart 5~ving Today~ (478) 994-2119 (478) 994-3270 Toll Free (855)335-9333 !002 West Main Street Forsyth CA 3i029 Dr. Dana Peterman (478) 994.3390 120 N. Lee St. Suite E i Forsyth, GA Robby Whitehead President 140 Industrial Park Drive Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-9248 310 Cabaniss Road Forsyth, GA 31029 b75 at e~ ~87,iVe~t to Eco,4o LcWe 478-994-1425 414 N Frontage Rd, Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-2019 323 Harold Clark Parkway F0rsyth 0994-1314 Bill Scarbr0ugh Insurance Agency 1501 Bass Rd Suite A Macon, GA 478-405-2313 Continued from Front scores. Weighted scores, which are used by the state to evaluate school systems, assign differ- ent values for how well students do on the test. Tests that show exceptional achievement get a higher value than those that just show proficienc)n That is, the school system gets a higher weighted score if more students show knowledge at level IV than at level II even though students who achieve at least level II do not re-test. In the weighted scores, Mon- roe County 9th graders jumped 37.2 points in literature/ composition from last year, from 74.4 to 85.5. In American literature, the gain was 28.2 points, from 65.7 to 76.7. For algebra, Mary Persons students improved their test 15.8 points, from 63.6 to 70.6. In geometry, the advanced students in 8th there is a 31.3 point gain, from grade took the End of the Course 71.6 to 78.2. Biology tests jumped physical science test because of up 26A points in their weighted the schedule offering the course score, from 67.2 to 80.6 points, being rearranged. Generally U.S. History gained 2.7 points, physical science is now sched- from 72.7 to 75.4, and economics uled for most students in 1 lth gained 32.6 points, rising from grade instead of 9th grade. Next 66.7 to 86.0. year, it will again be only ad- The biggest gain was in physi- vanced students taking the test, 'The kids are the real heroes. They' re the ones who have to take the tests.' - Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman cal science, with a 55.8 point increase, from 68.5 to 112.0, but Superintendent Dr. Mike Hick- man explained that the physical science score is not a good com- parison because in 2017-18 only but the following year scores will again reflect the general student population. Monroe County's weighted scores for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade have added 62.5 points since 2014-15. Weighted scores for Middle School students have added 56 points, and weight scores for high school courses grew by a whopping 230 points. Georgia implemented the Mile- stones test for the 2014-15 school year; so the system now has four years of scores to compare, even considering the first year as a time to learn about and adjust to the new test. The tests are admin- istered to 3.rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in English Language Arts and Math and to 5th and 8th grade students in science and social studies. High school stu- dents take End of Course tests in 9th grade literature/composition, American literature, .algebra, ge- ometry, physical science, biology, U.S. history and economics. "We are very pleased. Our kids have done a great job," said Hick- man. "The instructional folks started meeting together two or three years ago [about how to best prepare students for the Milestones tests] and those meet- ings are paying off?.' He said that the scores released by the state may change some because results from students who re-tested have not all been included. The state will probably release final scores in about mid- July. Monroe County will then be able to compare its scores with those of other school systems in the state. "The kids are the real heroes;' said Hickman. "They're the ones who have to take the tests:'