As the end of the year approaches, a new proposition has been brought to McIntosh concerning End of Course testing. It’s well known that McIntosh is a very competitive high school, being the top in the state, and as such, the county has worked to modify testing in order to make students even more well-rounded and competitive. A new portion of the EoC is currently being tested, and it will constitute a show of specific talent or skill. This can range from musical ability, athletic ability or anything else that can demonstrate a unique asset that will make a student ‘stand out.’ While the new addition is controversial, preliminary testing and group studies conducted by test developers show positive results both in and out of the classroom.
“We’ve always prided ourselves on providing exams that can help teachers and students. This new section, based on the research we’ve done so far, is going to be an enormous help in not only assessing above-excellence but with incorporating the arts and other subjects,” Georgia Milestones Director Stephanie Carter said.
The Milestones previously tested on English, Mathematics and Science for freshmen. Some students are glad an artistic element will be added, feeling that it will be more inclusive and accurate for art-inclined students.
“It feels like everyone always has to be good at Math or English or Science, but like, a lot of people prefer music or painting or something. It’s not really fair that art kids get pushed aside, so I think in a way this will be a good thing for the Milestones,” sophomore Oliver Miller said.
A talent section could also make the Milestones less “boring.”
“I always want to fall asleep during the Milestones. It takes so long and it’s so slow and boring. At least a talent section would be entertaining,” freshman Jackson O’Conner said. Alexis Barnett
This section is also suited for kids with athletic abilities.
“I’ve been doing cheer and tumbling for a long time, I guess it’s nice that it’s something that can be included, because I’ve spent so much time on it,” junior Courtney White said.
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