Anyone who knows of Metter knows the town’s infamous saying -- “Everything’s Better In Metter” and at Metter High School Zach Rackett and Scott Waters are making sure Metter really is better than the rest.
The Metter High School Social Studies department now boasts the highest scores on the Georgia Milestone Assessment in Economics.
The Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) is a comprehensive summative assessment program spanning grades 3 through high school and measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in English/ language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
High school students take a Georgia Milestone in ten courses designated by the State Board of Education. One of these courses is Economics.
The data from the Georgia Milestones provides students with important information about their own achievement and readiness for their next level of learning. Parents, the public and policymakers, including local school districts and boards of education, can use the results as a barometer of the quality of educational opportunity provided throughout the state of Georgia.
Also, Georgia Milestones serves as a key component of the state’s accountability system -- the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).
Social Studies Department Chair Vic Fordham commented, “Each of these men come in every day and ‘keep the main thing the main thing.’ They have great relationships with the kids and it shows. In short, they do what they are supposed to do every day. They stay positive but are never satisfied with their work.”
Students are labeled as Beginning (0-67), Developing (68-79), Proficient (80-91), or Distinguished (92-100) Learners based on their mastery of the content tested. The MHS Economics classes ranked number one in comparison to other districts throughout the state -- many of which are much larger than Candler County.
“Working as a team is really what makes the difference in our class. Zach and I work together very well and both of us feel that giving our students as many real-world examples as possible is the most effective way of teaching Economics,” explained Scott Waters who is the special education teacher for the Social Student Department.
The MHS Economics classes for the 2018-2019 school year had 83.20% of their students at the Proficient or Distinguished level. This percentage is almost 3% higher than Oconee County School District which came in second place at 80.96%. Oconee County School District has an enrollment of approximately 8,000 students as compared to Candler County’s 2,000.
Such accomplishment is a major reflection of the dedication Candler County teachers have to ensure students receive the best possible education.