# 2019 Georgia Milestones High School Scores as Grades

During the 2018-2019 school year, Georgia’s high school students continued to struggle their way through the final four years of the Birth-through-high school graduation years.  With an estimated 80 percent failing to earn a Grade better than a 70.

This is the third and final post covering Georgia’s 2019 Milestones assessments; you can follow the links for the Elementary Grades and Middle school Grades.

In this post, Mean Grades are rounded to two decimal places. Learning levels (1) Beginning Learner, (2) Developing Learner, (3) Proficient Learner, and (4) Distinguished Learner ranges of grades are rounded to one decimal place.

Ninth Grade Literature and Composition Class of 2022

In 2019, One hundred twelve thousand two hundred twenty students assessed. Their Mean Grade was a 60.97, with a Distribution of Grades across the four learning levels of:

(1) Beginning Learner range, 13.4 percent earned a Grade ranging from 0 to 49.3

(2) Developing Learner, 25.9 percent earned a Grade ranging from 49.5 to 59.0

(3) Proficient Learner, 44.0 percent earned a Grade ranging from 59.2 to 71.0

(4) Distinguished Learner, 16.7 percent earned a Grade ranging from 71.3 to 100

Of the 112,220 students assessed, the Georgia Department of Education (GA DOE) reported 17.5 percent below grade level and 82.5 percent at or above grade level.

Which raises the question, how is it possible that 82.5 percent of the students were reading at or above grade level when only 16.7 percent earned a Grade of a 71.3 or better?

American Literature and Composition

In 2019, Ninety-seven thousand five hundred eighty-eight students assessed. Their Mean Grade was a 58.57, with a Distribution of Grades across the four learning levels:

(1) Beginning Learner range, 20 percent earned a Grade ranging from 0.0 to 50.7

(2) Developing Learner, 326 percent earned a Grade ranging from 50.9 to 59.6

(3) Proficient Learner, 38.7 percent earned a Grade ranging from 59.8 to 71.3

(4) Distinguished Learner, 8.7 percent earned a Grade ranging from 71.4 to 100

American Literature and Composition Reading status

Of the 97,588 students assessed, the Georgia Department of Education (GA DOE) reported 24.8 percent below grade level and 75.2 percent at or above grade level.

Which raises the question, how is it possible that 75.2 percent of the students were reading at or above grade level when only 8.7 percent earned a Grade of a 71.4 or better?

Coordinate Algebra

In 2019, Seventeen thousand nine hundred fifty-one students were assessed. Their Mean Grade was a 50.78, with a Distribution of Grades across the four learning levels of:

(1) Beginning Learner range, 30.8 percent earned a Grade ranging from 0.0 to 45.0

(2) Developing Learner, 35.5 percent earned a Grade ranging from 45.2 to 53.7

(3) Proficient Learner, 26.4 percent earned a Grade ranging from 53.9 to 65.7

(4) Distinguished Learner, 7.3 percent earned a Grade ranging from 65.9 to 100

Analytic Geometry

In 2019, Fifteen thousand four hundred five students were assessed. Their Mean Grade was a 51.36, with a Distribution of Grades across the four learning levels of:

(1) Beginning Learner range, 32.7 percent earned a Grade ranging from a 0.0 to 46.2

(2) Developing Learner, 32.8 percent earned a Grade ranging from a 46.4 to 54.2

(3) Proficient Learner, 27.2 percent earned a Grade ranging from a 54.4 to 65.6

(4) Distinguished Learner, 7.4 percent earned a Grade ranging from a 65.8 to 100

Algebra I

In 2019, One hundred six thousand one hundred six students were assessed. Their Mean Grade was a 54.02, with a Distribution of Grades across the four learning levels of:

(1) Beginning Learner range, 27.4 percent earned a Grade ranging from 0.0 to 46.8

(2) Developing Learner, 31.5 percent earned a Grade ranging from 47.0 to 55.4

(3) Proficient Learner, 29.4 percent earned a Grade ranging from 55.6 to 67.2

(4) Distinguished Learner, 11.7 percent earned a Grade ranging from 67.4 to 100

Geometry

In 2019, Eighty-four thousand six hundred ninety-two students were assessed. Their Mean Grade was a 52.76, with a Distribution of Grades across the four learning levels of:

(1) Beginning Learner range, 29.1 percent earned a Grade ranging from 0.0 to 46.3

(2) Developing Learner, 30.1 percent earned a Grade ranging from 46.5 to 54.2

(3) Proficient Learner, 30.0 percent earned a Grade ranging from 54.3 to 65.4

(4) Distinguished Learner, 10.9 percent earned a Grade ranging from 65.5 to 100

Biology

In 2019, One hundred four thousand six hundred forty students were assessed. Their Mean Grade was a 56.91, with a Distribution of Grades across the four learning levels of:

(1) Beginning Learner range, 28.6 percent earned a Grade ranging from 0.0 to 49.1

(2) Developing Learner, 22.4 percent earned a Grade ranging from 49.3 to 56.5

(3) Proficient Learner, 34.7 percent earned a Grade ranging from 56.6 to 68.8

(4) Distinguished Learner, 14.3 percent earned a Grade ranging from 69.0 to 100

Physical Science

In 2019, Seventy-five thousand sixty students were assessed. Their Mean Grade was a 56.42, with a Distribution of Grades across the four learning levels of:

(1) Beginning Learner range, 25.9 percent earned a Grade ranging from 0.0 to 49.1

(2) Developing Learner, 27.4 percent earned a Grade ranging from 49.3 to 56.6

(3) Proficient Learner, 33.8 percent earned a Grade ranging from 56.7 to 68.3

(4) Distinguished Learner, 12.9 percent earned a Grade ranging from 68.5 to 100

United States History

In 2019, Ninety-three thousand twenty-eight students were assessed. Their Mean Grade was a 56.55, with a Distribution of Grades across the four learning levels of:

(1) Beginning Learner range, 21.8 percent earned a Grade ranging from 0.0 to 47.1

(2) Developing Learner, 29.9 percent earned a Grade ranging from 47.3 to 56.2

(3) Proficient Learner, 33.9 percent earned a Grade ranging from 56.4 to 68

(4) Distinguished Learner, 14.4 percent earned a Grade ranging from 68.2 to 100

In 2019, Sixty-one thousand eight hundred twenty-one students assessed. Their Mean Grade was a 56.09, with a Distribution of Grades across the four learning levels of:

(1) Beginning Learner range, 25.8 percent earned a Grade ranging from 0.0 to 48.4

(2) Developing Learner, 26.6 percent earned a Grade ranging from 48.5 to 55.6

(3) Proficient Learner, 34.3 percent earned a Grade ranging from 55.8 to 68

(4) Distinguished Learner, 13.4 percent earned a Grade ranging from 68.1 to 100

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2019 Georgia Milestones Elementary Scores as Grades

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Updated 2019 1023 0350hrs: Changed wording in the introduction for clarity.