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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Georgia students failed to meet standards for math after taking the Georgia Department of Education End of Course Tests (EOCT) this spring, according to results released Wednesday by the GA DOE.

While 88 percent of GA students exceeded the standards for ninth-grade literature and composition and 93 percent of students met American literature and composition requirements, only 40 percent of students passed the requirements in coordinate algebra. And that's a 3-point percentage increase from 2013.

Results for the EOCT in analytic geometry scored even lower: Only 35 percent of Georgia students met or exceeded standards.

"The analytic geometry and coordinate algebra results give us another look at the new level of increased expectation for student achievement that is coming with Georgia Milestones. The expectations to meet standards are significantly increasing so we have a new and more realistic baseline of student performance," said State School Superintendent John Barge. "While these results seem low and different from what we are used to seeing, they are in line with what many national assessments say Georgia's students' college and career readiness level is. We must address this head-on so our students leave our schools with the best preparation possible to succeed in life after high school."

Georgia students scored higher in biology (75 percent), physical science (85 percent), U.S. history (73 percent) and economics/business (81 percent).

The EOCT tests account for 20 percent of each student's final grade, though the GA DOE will replace the EOCT with the Georgia Milestones next year.

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