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Grades on Georgia CRCT up from last year

More pupils exceed standards

Thursday, June 14, 2012 11:07 AM
Last updated Friday, June 15, 2012 2:11 AM
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The number of elementary and middle school pupils across the state exceeding standards on the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests increased this year, according to results released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Education.

Pupils showed improvement in 24 out of 30 content tested areas. The percentage of students exceeding standards dropped only in three categories. The percentage dropped by two points in fifth-grade reading, five points in fifth-grade math and three points in eighth-grade English/language arts. Scores remained the same as last year in fourth-grade math, sixth-grade English/language arts and eighth-grade math.

“The best news in the 2012 CRCT report is that more of our students are exceeding the standards,” State School Superintendent John Barge said in a news release. “Teachers are doing a great job teaching the more rigorous Georgia Performance Standards, and they are to be applauded for raising expectations for all students.”

The results released Thursday do not include final scores for individual districts or schools. Those results will be released by mid-July.

However the Richmond County School System received preliminary results last week, which was shared with the Richmond County Board of Education Tuesday.

Carol Rountree, director of student services, cautioned that the preliminary results do not include scores from retests and makeups so the final results are expected to improve.

Looking at the preliminary data, the percentage of Richmond County students meeting or exceeding standards only decreased in eight-grade reading by 1.4 percentage points to 92.2 percent and in fifth-grade math by 4.5 points to 66.1 percent.

The CRCT is administered in reading, English/language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grades three through eight. Because of budget constraints, the CRCT was not administered to first and second-grade pupils in 2012.

The standardized test is used as an accountability measure for schools and to determine student mastery in content areas. However the importance placed on the CRCT is changing as Georgia moves to a new statewide accountability system.

Georgia is one of several states that received a waiver from No Child Left Behind standards this year and will transition into the College and Career Ready Performance Index system.

Under the new CCRPI, the success of schools will not be determined just on test scores, but also on indicators like reading levels and career awareness.

However, the CRCT is still used this year in indicating student mastery. Among the gains made by Georgia students, the greatest improvement was in fifth grade social studies, up by six percentage points, and in eighth grade science, up by seven percentage points.

A higher percentage of pupils in grades four through eight met or exceeded standards in social studies while more pupils in grades three, four, five, six and eight met or exceeded standards in English/language arts.

“While I am pleased to see an increase in the majority of the exams, I am concerned about those where we saw decreases or no change at all,” Barge said. “As we begin teaching the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards next school year, we know the curriculum and the tests will be more difficult, so we must continue to focus on successfully implementing the new standards. We have been offering, and will continue to offer, teachers the necessary professional development to ensure they are equipped to deliver these new, more rigorous standards and to prepare our students for the next step.”


A look at percentage of Richmond County students who met or exceeded expectations on the CRCT in 2012, according to preliminary results released last week:


3 83.1% 82.4% –

5 84.1% 88.6% 66.1%

8 92.2% 91.7% 60.8%

* English/language arts

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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howcanweknow 06/14/12 - 11:31 am
One out of every 3 Richmond

One out of every 3 Richmond County 5th-graders cannot meet even the minimum standards for their grade level in math? That's a pretty sobering statistic.

countyman 06/14/12 - 11:46 am
The article says the results

The article says the results will increase once the final scores are relased...

Riverman1 06/14/12 - 11:51 am
Yeah, the math scores suck

Yeah, the math scores suck for 5th grade but it appears the other scores improved across the board.

cristinadh 06/14/12 - 12:32 pm

None of these results are going to matter when class sizes increase!!

Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 06/14/12 - 01:15 pm
How much money has been wasted on the CRCT?

Millions and milllions of pounds of CHEESE went to Georgia educRATS as a direct consequence of the development and purchase of an unneeded test.

The ITBS was already available. But there was no money to be made in using an off-the-shelf test. And our kids' ITBS performances in Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science and Language Arts compare very poorly with those of their national peers.

As for the "we needed an test aligned to our curriculum" BS: Does anyone think that the GA curriculum is superior to the curricula upon which the ITBS is based?

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

Iwannakno 06/14/12 - 09:39 pm
Bunch of nonsense

All these tests are a bunch of nonsense. They teach the test now. I have never understood the waste of tax dollars they use on this nonsense.

allhans 06/15/12 - 08:56 am
I hope the standard wasn't

I hope the standard wasn't lowered.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 06/15/12 - 09:50 am
Not so fast

Christina posted:

None of these results are going to matter when class sizes increase!!

There is a news article pointing out that in 1960, there were 1.4 million public school teachers educating 36.3 million primary and secondary students. This represented a ratio of one teacher per 25.8 pupils. By 2009, there were 3.2 million teachers educating 49.3 million students. This represented a ratio of one teacher per 15.6 students.

Perhaps we have gone too far on this student/teacher ratio thing.

Here is the link to the story.

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