Gwinnett’s 2001 Stanford Achievement Test 9 Results Top Metro and State









Gwinnett’s 2001 Stanford Achievement Test 9 Results Top Metro and State

          Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) has released results on the 2001 administration of the Stanford Achievement Test, ninth edition-- often referred to as the Stanford 9 or SAT 9. Gwinnett students in grades 3, 5, and 8 took the new state-mandated test in April. Gwinnett’s system results continue a trend of students demonstrating high achievement on standardized tests.
          School officials are pleased with the results from this first administration of the Stanford 9. “Our students performed well,” said Dr. Cindy Loe, associate superintendent for Organizational Advancement. “These results, which reflect the scores of all students tested-- including students in the special education and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs-- provide us with important information about our students’ achievement and how well our curriculum is preparing students.
          “We are especially pleased with how our system results compare to the Georgia school systems that are most like Gwinnett. Gwinnett reading scores at the three grade levels tested were equal to or above the comparison group. In math, Gwinnett 5th and 8th graders topped the comparison group, with 3rd graders scoring just one point below the comparison group. In addition, GCPS students did very well on the Thinking Skills and Problem Solving test areas, providing further evidence that our AKS curriculum prepares Gwinnett students for the future by teaching students much more than just basic skills.”
          Gwinnett’s comparison group includes Georgia school systems with more than 10,000 students that have fewer than 22 percent of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch. It includes the following school systems: Cobb, Fayette, Forsyth, Rockdale, Cherokee, Columbia, Henry, and Paulding.
          The Stanford 9 tests the following areas: Reading, Mathematics, Language, Spelling, Science, Social Studies, Listening, Using Information, and Thinking Skills. The scores are reported by percentile ranks that range from a low of 1 to a high of 99, with 50 meaning “average.” For example, a percentile rank of 42 means that the school’s students did as well or better than 42 percent of the students in the nation who took the test last spring. Scores also are reported by grade equivalents (GE). The grade equivalent shows the grade level of students for whom a score is average or typical. For example, a grade equivalent of 8.5 means that the school’s students did as well as children in the sixth month of eighth grade would be expected to have done if they had taken the same test.

          Test results for individual schools are below.