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Richmond County shows CRCT gains

Thursday, July 12, 2012 2:24 PM
Last updated Friday, July 13, 2012 1:04 AM
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The Richmond County School System showed overall gains on the 2012 Criterion Referenced Competency Tests, but individual school achievement compared with last year fluctuated greatly in many cases.

The number of third-graders meeting or exceeding mathematics standards jumped 18 percentage points to 96.6 percent at Freedom Park Elementary School, according to school-by-school results released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Education.

However, in the same grade and subject, the number of pupils meeting or exceeding standards at Craig-Houghton Elementary School dropped 17 percentage points to 32.6 percent.

Comparing scores of one grade from year to year can be complicated because the data sets deal with a different pupils, said Carol Rountree, the director of student services. The third-graders in 2011 could have different learning patterns and abilities compared with the third grade class of 2012.

Year-to-year comparisons in a grade are often used to measure the effectiveness of a curriculum change or instruction tool, but the district looks at overall longitudinal growth to judge achievement, she said.

“If you used (a tool) one year and did not use it the next, it helps us to see if third graders respond to it,” Rountree said.

She said the fluctuations seen in the grades are common for a district with such high mobility as Richmond County.

But whether schools made drops or gains, the significance the CRCT carries has evolved this year. This is the first time the scores will not be used to determine if schools met Adequate Yearly Progress standards, which labeled schools as failing if a certain number of pupils in a subgroup did not show improvement.

Instead, this year’s CRCT results will be used alongside other
indicators to give schools a numerical score on a new index to replace the No Child Left Behind standards Georgia used since 2001.

The College and Career Readiness Performance Index will take into account CRCT, reading level, career awareness activities and fine arts participation among many other indicators.

Because the state is still transitioning to the new index, the weight each indicator will have on a school’s final score is still being determined, according to state Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza. Schools will have their scores no later than March, he said.

“There will be significance for the CRCT of course, but it won’t be the only indicator that goes into accountability purposes,” Cardoza said.

The school-by-school results give a narrower look into the district and state results released earlier this summer. The earlier results showed pupils in Georgia made encouraging gains except in math and science in some grade levels.

The CRCT tests pupils in grades three through eight in reading, English/language arts, math, science and social studies to determine how well pupils grasp required skills.

In Richmond County, schools that celebrated 100 percent pass rates on CRCT subjects were C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet, A.R. Johnson Health Science, and Engineering Magnet and John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet schools.

One of the lowest pass rates of any grade or school was Meadowbrook Ele­mentary School’s third grade, which had 21.9 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards in social studies.

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Riverman1 07/12/12 - 05:31 pm
If the District Showed Gains, Great

If Richmond County as a whole showed gains, fantastic. It certainly needs improvement. It's a tough battle for the teachers. I'm a realist and point out facts which usually makes whites and blacks mad. Poor black kids don't receive enough support from parents and the community. We should all help more since they endured hundreds of years in an apartheid system.

Demographics Augusta 2010 census:
The racial makeup of the city-county area was 54.7% Black or African American, 39.1% White, 0.3% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.3% some other race, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1% of the population.

Columbia County: The racial makeup of the county was 82.67% White, 11.21% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 3.36% Asian (0.6% of the Asians are of South Asian descent), 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. 2.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
The median family income in Columbia County is $72,891.

Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 07/13/12 - 07:19 am
"Richmond County shows CRCT gains."

That's true.

But it's not the whole Truth.

Many RCSS schools and the students enrolled in them are seriously underperforming.

Who thinks that a high percentage of students who've matriculated at low-performing schools will qualify for high-paying jobs? Or does anybody in The Broad Street Temple care?

lynn7044 07/13/12 - 10:22 am
These CRCT

So tell me when is RCSS schools going to go back to teacheing our kids and not just to take a test. When we have 8th graders that don't know there time tables, there is a problem. When you have 8th graders who can't tell time, there is a problem. This means somewhere in 3rd or 4th grade the teachers wasn't doing there job. When they get to high school all bets are off. Thats when you either get it or you don't. When they don't get it, it take them 5 or 6 years to finish high school. Curve is not even taught in school. Why don't we let the teacher in the early years teach our kids and stop having them to teach for a test. When student are starting in the middle of a book and then after Christmas holiday they start at the began there is a problem There's a page 1 for a reason. You have great teachers who say, they want to teach there kids to learn but the system have it where they can't teach. You so call DR added to your name don't mean you really know what you doing. You got the big head and forgot it was the basic that made you that DR.

Reverie 07/13/12 - 12:46 pm
You don't need to know the

You don't need to know the multiplication table or read the hands on a clock if you have a cell phone of which every kid has! Why read when the same information is available on video? We now live in a world of apps. Why learn to type? Keyboards will soon be gone and replaced with voice recognition. Technology is changing the game. Traditional education is going to struggle.

lynn7044 07/13/12 - 03:47 pm
See your Smart

How many time have you been in a store and the cashier but in the wront amount and can't even give you change back. Thats the problem people are depending on something else beside what is call a brain. Technology yes its a good thing, but when it stop working you can't doing it yourself. Lazy is the problem. Teacher have students to show there work and guess what they can't even do that. So education is going to always be a major plan. You can have all the cell phone and all the other technology but when it break it goes back to the mind.
I guess that why RCSS is the way it is because of people like you. Well people are moving here who are tell them whats been going on don't work and it will be fix. If it means getting CNN here to make them all do there job, for the better of all our kids future.

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