How Many Students at Lithia Springs Are Excelling Academically?

To promote academic excellence in our high schools, we created the Excellence Index (EI): a simple way of rating schools academically by focusing exclusively on high achievement. The EI quantifies the percentage of students scoring at the highest levels on an array of exams. Scores are referenced to state and global norms, which are set to a EI score of 75 (representing a typical level of high achievement). To get a 75 score based on 2017 test score data a school would have:

 – 13% score a 5 on AP exams
– 10% score in the 90 percentile or higher on the SAT
– 9% score Distinguished Learner (Level 4) on EOCs (average of all 8 subjects)

– 29% score 6 or 7 on IB exams (if applicable)

These are each weighted equally in the index.

Lithia Springs High School’s 2018 Excellence Index score is a 12.  This means that Lithia Springs students are about six times LESS likely (12:75) to score at the highest levels on exams than their peers statewide or nationally. The underlying data is in the graph below:

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This data shows that Lithia Springs students were over 6 times less likely to score in the 90% on the SAT; about 13 times less likely to score a 5 on any AP exam, and were about four times LESS likely to score Distinguished Learner on the EOC.

Of note is the fact that in spite of having an accredited STEM program, very few students are scoring at the highest level in science and math. For state EOCs,  it was 2.8% in Algebra, 0.3% in Geometry, 5.0% in Biology, and 0.6% in Physical Science.  No one made the top score on an AP science or math exam.

LSHS’s previous EI score was a 9. The modest increase of 3 points is due to:

1. The fact that no one scored in the 90 percentile in 2016. Two students did so in 2017.

2. The decline in the state Distinguished Learner rate on EOCs (used as a reference point) from 9.6 to 9, increased its EI points in the EOC category.

If you are a stakeholder at Lithia Springs High School (e.g. parent, grandparent, homeowner in the district, future parent), please help us advocate for excellence by contacting Principal Garrett Askew to express concern over low achievement in SAT and AP exams, and ask exactly what is being done to raise more students to these levels of achievement:

You might also include his immediate supervisor, Kwame Carr:

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