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Older students in Richmond, Columbia counties make gains in CRCT scores

Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:35 PM
Last updated Friday, June 27, 2014 1:49 AM
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Eighth-graders in both Richmond and Columbia counties made gains in a majority of the CRCT subjects this year, according to districtwide results released by the Georgia Department of Education.

Eighth-grade students from both school districts showed strong gains in reading, science and social studies, conforming to a statewide trend in their performance on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests. The percentage of Columbia County eighth-graders meeting or exceeding test standards increased in every subject except math, which saw a 3 percent decrease. The largest increase for Columbia County eighth-graders was 4.5 percent in those meeting or exceeding science score standards from last year, bringing this year’s total to 89.9 percent.

Eighth-grade Richmond County students had an increase in test scores exceeding or meeting state standards in every area except math and language arts, which saw 2 percent decreases. Richmond County eighth-graders exceeding or meeting state standards in science test scores went up 5.4 percent compared with last year to 61.6 percent.

Richmond County third-graders also showed gains, with the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards increasing in every testing category.

Scores for other grades remained mostly static. No grade level fell under 50 percent in the “exceed or met standards” category in every testing area, and Columbia County students performed above state averages at almost every grade level.

The CRCT is meant to test how well third- through eighth-grade students “acquire the skills and knowledge described in the state mandated content standards in reading, English/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies,” according to the Georgia Department of Education Web site. Students must meet or exceed state standards on the exam before moving on to the next grade.

Richmond County schools Super­intendent Frank Rob­er­son said he was happy with the performance, saying the district compared favorably with other Georgia counties with similar demographics.

“We can say we’ve met or exceeded other counties like ours,” Roberson said. “That speaks volumes for our teachers who have been working side by side with our students to make sure they perform well on this exam and the parents who have supported their children throughout the process.”

Columbia County schools Super­intendent Sandra Carraway credited “rigorous” classroom standards.

“All of our students performed extremely well, and of course the thanks for that go to our parents, faculty and staff members,” Carraway said. “Our sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders have participated in accelerated math and reading programs, and you can expect better scores because of the more rigorous classes.”

This will be the last year Georgia students will undergo CRCT testing. The exam will be replaced by the Georgia Milestones testing system next year. According to a news release from the state Department of Education, the system will be more in line with existing Common Core standards.

Results for individual schools will be released around July 10.

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Dixieman 06/27/14 - 06:56 am
89.9% vs. 61.6%

That one statistic says it all about Columbia County and Richmond County and could have replaced the whole article.

seenitB4 06/27/14 - 07:35 am
This gets tiring

Everyday or week I see something in the AJC or this paper about tests..

Can we just have SCHOOL without so dang many tests!! Give it a break.

class1 06/27/14 - 09:11 am
Manipulating the data!

It is easy for test scores to go up, just change the standards. The state likes to manipulate the date by lowering the number correct to get 800 on the test. You don't even have to get half right to get 800 anymore. This is pretty sad!

AFjoe 06/27/14 - 10:04 am
Old saying

Figures lie and liars figure

redapples 06/27/14 - 10:27 am
Gains or not, it's sad to

Gains or not, it's sad to note that Richmond County remains in the bottom tier of the state.

Riverman1 06/27/14 - 01:16 pm
Both Doing Better

I'm glad to see them both doing better. If there's one thing black kids deserve it's a good education. After the segregation era it will take a long time to catch up. Richmond County is trying hard and I admire them for their efforts.

corgimom 06/28/14 - 05:25 pm
seenit, you should see what a

seenit, you should see what a classroom is like now.

For the little ones, it takes two weeks to test, and another week to get them back under control and back in a learning frame of mind, after running loose for 2 weeks in a classroom because the teacher is busy testing and can't teach or supervise.

It's awful.

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