To know whether students are learning the required curriculum, one must understand what students are expected to know and be able to do. Listed below are the highlights for curricular expectations in language arts and mathematics.

There are several measures used to determine if students are learning the required curriculum. While most tests are administered at the end of the year, course, or at the end of a sequence of courses, the District has begun to assess students throughout the year to benchmark their progress and help teachers better understand student achievement needs for instructional planning. The accountability tests include the Georgia High School Graduation Tests and the Criterion Reference Competency Tests. Additionally, the state began testing students at the end of specified courses at the high school level.

**There are high percentages of students exceeding basic standards on all accountability tests.**

In all major content areas tested last spring, Cobb had a high percentage of students performing at or above proficient levels on accountability tests (Georgia High School Graduation Tests, Criterion Reference Competency Tests). In Reading/Language Arts, 89% of students scored in the proficient range or higher. The percentage of students reaching advanced levels of proficiency was greatest in Reading/Language Arts (47%) and Mathematics (36%).