Gateway Results for Grades 4 and 7 Show Improvement









Gateway Results for Grades 4 and 7 Show Improvement

Final results have been released for Gwinnett County Public Schools students in grades 4 and 7 who took the Gateway test in April. As school system officials expected, student achievement based on the total Gateway scores improved in every subtest area (language arts, math, science, and social studies) when compared to students’ total scores on the pilot administration. Results for the pilot test and the test given last April were computed using the same cut score. Also as predicted, fewer students failed any portion of the test than were predicted to fail in May. The earlier prediction was based on preliminary scores from only the multiple-choice portion of the test.

Fourth-grade passing rates ranged from more than 99 percent in social studies (0.9 percent failure rate) to almost 97 percent in science (3.1 percent failure rate). Seventh-grade results were equally positive. Failure rates ranged from just over one percent (1.1 percent) in social studies to 1.6 percent in language arts.

LA
% Fail
LA
% Minimal
LA
% Effective
LA
% Excellent
Math
% Fail
Math
% Minimal
Math
% Effective
Math
% Excellent
Science % Fail
Science % Minimal
Science % Effective
Science % Excellent
Social Studies % Fail
Social Studies % Minimal
Social Studies % Effective
Social Studies % Excellent
4th Grade2%11.9%75.8%10.3%1.1%25.6%60.3%13%3.1%14.9%52.9%29.1%0.9%25%63.5%10.6%
7th Grade1.6%34.9%55.4%8.1%1.2%35.9%46.1%16.9%1.2%38.6%46.1%14%1.1%14.1%68.4%16.5%

Less than one percent of students who were predicted to pass the Gateway, based on their multiple choice scores, failed the test based on their total scores. All of them had made grades lower than a C in Gateway subject areas on their 1999-2000 report cards, so none of these students qualified for the automatic Assessment Review Procedure. When compared, students' classroom grades and Gateway test results were closely aligned.

All 4th and 7th grade students are required to take and pass the Gateway for promotion to the next grade level except students whose promotion is determined by their Individualized Education Plan or English to Speakers of Other Languages program. Students who failed the Gateway test may attend summer school at no charge, to prepare for retesting during the last week in July (July 25-28). The schedule for testing will be as follows: July 25- Language Arts, July 26- Social Studies, July 27- Science, and July 28- Mathematics. Testing starts at 9 a.m. at the local school. Results of the retest will be available before school starts.

Students who pass the retest will be promoted. Those who do not pass will receive remedial help in the area(s) of need during school year 2000-01, while learning the curriculum for the next grade level. They will retake the portion of the Gateway they failed in the spring of 2001.