Top 10 metro middle schools in Georgia Milestones math. Cobb, Fulton lead.

This Cobb County middle school posted the highest scores in metro Atlanta in 8th grade math. (Cobb County Schools)

The state Department of Education today released the results of the 2017 Milestones tests, given to public school students in elementary school through high school each spring.

The AJC data folks are doing some deep dives into the data, including identifying the highest scoring middle schools in math in metro Atlanta. Nine of the top 10 are in Cobb and Fulton.

The scores are based on the percentage of test takers who scored at the two highest levels, proficient or distinguished. For comparison, only 41 percent of eighth graders statewide scored at proficient or higher.

Here is the list:

Dodgen Middle School, Cobb, 84.3

Dickerson Middle School, Cobb 83.2

River Trail Middle School, Fulton 78.3

Hightower Trail Middle, Cobb 77.6

Webb Bridge Middle, Fulton 76.7

Autrey Mill Middle, Fulton 75.1

Buford Middle School, Buford City, 70.8

Hopewell Middle, Fulton 69.5

Mabry Middle, Cobb, 66.2

Taylor Road Middle Fulton 65.4

 

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Jessica Jordan Mercon
Jessica Jordan Mercon

AJC Get Schooled Can you please name the Metro Atlanta school districts that were included in your analysis and thus included in this ranking? I see that Forsyth county was excluded which have higher ranked school than these listed. What districts do you consider to be metro Atlanta? This is an important factor that should be specified in the article.

Clarence Brantley
Clarence Brantley

I wish 8th social studies and science could get some attention- I get so tired of just hearing about the math and ela. I want to know about what is relevant to my world

L_D
L_D

@Maureen Downey - could you also post the student demographics for these 10 schools?  I agree with @Beach Bound2020 that these schools score high because they have almost no at-risk students.

Starik
Starik

@L_D @Beach Bound2020  I agree with that, the Georgia test system is terrible. What about SAT/ACT scores? Reading comprehension tests from the Feds? 

BRV
BRV

Like Georgia Milestones, SAT/ACT scores are strongly correlated with household income. They rise in more or less stair step fashion from lowest to highest income. The median SAT score for children in households with $200k income is 400 points higher than the median score for children from households with $20k income. Of course educational achievement in general is extremely correlated with income, so test results whether SAT or Milestones should come as no surprise.

Starik
Starik

@BRV There's a correlation between income and scores. Don't you believe that a culture valuing education along with high expectations is a more direct factor? What about school quality? Is racial segregation, by families or school districts a factor?

Beach Bound2020
Beach Bound2020

Maureen, I would like to see the information on the students at those schools who did not score Proficient or Distinguished. Willing to bet the students from those schools in the lower two categories are Hispanic/ESOL, SWD, Economically Disadvantaged and/or African-American. Those schools score high because they have few of those student groups in proportion to their White, non-economically disadvantaged students.  So my hypothesis is that those schools are no more successful with proficiency rates of low performing student groups than any other school, they just have less of those student groups. Therefore, schools with higher proportions of under performing student groups are doing no less better than those schools, they just don't have the numbers of traditionally well performing students to up their scores.



Starik
Starik

@Beach Bound2020  Maybe it's bad teaching of kids crippled by troubled families and a counterproductive culture? 

Tamara Williams Jones
Tamara Williams Jones

Does this take into account the 8th graders who didn't take the 8th grade Milestones for math because they were taking accelerated (9th grade) math? If not, it's unfair to those schools.

Rachel Bonner
Rachel Bonner

Math is the best, and Dodgen is the best.\U0001f609

Starik
Starik

Good for parents. Any decent parent will check out the schools, and the school system, they're moving to.

Ruth Zackowitz Hartman
Ruth Zackowitz Hartman

Does being in the top 10 based on a flawed and bogus test matter? Good for realtors, good for test making companies. Bad for kids.

John Palmer
John Palmer

Congratulations, Carole Sanger Brink!