VALDOSTA -- Valdosta High School was recently recognized for its performance on the 2005 End-Of-Course Tests, a set of state mandated final exams.

In a letter to Principal Brett Stanton, State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox described Valdosta High School as a leader among its peers. She said all of its students met or exceeded expectations on one or more of the End-Of-Course Tests.

"You, your staff and your students set ambitious goals and achieved them," she wrote. "Your success sets the pace for excellence in public education. I look forward to your continued achievement. Your school is a model that I hope others will emulate."

Created by the A+ Education Reform Act of 2000, End-Of-Course Tests were created to improve student achievement through effective instruction and assessment of the standards in eight core high school courses -- Algebra I, Geometry, U.S. History, Economics/Business/Free Enterprise, Biology, Physical Science, Ninth Grade Literature and Composition, and American Literature and Composition. Aligned with Georgia's curriculum, the End-Of-Course Tests serve as the final exam in each of the mandated courses, comprising 15 percent of a student's final course grade which must be 70 or better for graduation credit.

The End-Of-Course Tests program helps to ensure students have access to rigorous curriculum that meets high performance standards, according to the Georgia Department of Education. Its purpose is to provide diagnostic data that can be used to enhance instructional programs.

Scores are reported on a scale that can range from 400 to 950, according to the Georgia Department of Education. For all subjects, the cut score that indicates a student is meeting the standard is 600 and the cut score that indicates a student is exceeding the standard is 630.

Valdosta High School achieved an average End-Of-Course Tests score of 610.6 in Algebra I with 33.5 percent of students meeting the standard and 26.2 percent of students exceeding the standard.

Valdosta High School achieved an average End-Of-Course Tests score of 628.41 in American Literature and Composition with 42.5 percent of students meeting the standard and 48.4 percent of students exceeding the standard.

Valdosta High School achieved an average End-Of-Course Tests score of 614.66 in Biology with 41.5 percent of students meeting the standard and 26.1 percent of students exceeding the standard.

Valdosta High School achieved an average End-Of-Course Tests score of 616.26 in Geometry with 43 percent of students meeting the standard and 28.5 percent of its students exceeding the standard.

Valdosta High School achieved an average End-Of-Tests score of 611.76 in Physical Science with 36.1 percent of students meeting the standard and 25.9 percent of students exceeding the standard.

Valdosta High School achieved an average End-Of-Tests score of 619.83 in United States History with 27 percent of students meeting the standard and 38.7 percent of students exceeding the standard.

Valdosta High School achieved an average End-Of-Tests score of 614.11 in Ninth Grade Literature and Composition with 53.9 percent of students meeting the standard and 19.8 percent of students exceeding the standard.

Valdosta High School achieved an average End-Of-Tests score of 568.55 in Economics with 4.5 percent of students meeting the standard and 9.1 percent of students exceeding the standard.



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