Originally created 05/25/05

Majority to move up a grade



A majority of Columbia County's third- and fifth-graders passed standardized tests required for promotion to the next grade, Superintendent Tommy Price announced Tuesday.

In Richmond County, third-graders performed about the same as last year, and fifth-grade scores improved.

In the first year that Georgia's fifth-graders were required to pass math and reading tests to move to middle school, 7.9 percent of Columbia County pupils failed, half of them from special-education classes. In reading, 4.2 percent of fifth-graders did not pass.

Also, 3 percent of Columbia County third-graders failed the reading test needed to move to the fourth grade.

"In reality, you have to accept the fact that some kids do struggle and have learning problems," Mr. Price said. "I think the numbers are relatively low, and we have to be pleased."

Those who failed can attend summer school before retaking the Criterion Referenced Competency Test, the superintendent said.

"We have a two-week summer program to give them some intense remediation, and then they will take the test again," Mr. Price said. "I think we've got no more than five students per teacher to try and really individualize it, concentrate on their weak areas and help them pass."

In Richmond County, testing director Carol Rountree held a news conference Tuesday, a day after she released a summary of the county's results.

At the board's Broad Street offices, she released a school-by-school breakdown of results and commented on fail rates, which are more than triple those of Columbia County.

She said the third-grade results are no worse than last year and better among fifth-graders.

"In Richmond County, we feel very satisfied for the performance of our students. We think students, teachers and parents have all worked very hard," Dr. Rountree said. "The evidence is obvious in the performance of the students, and we feel that they may begin their summer reassured that this has been a very good year."

In fifth grade, 21.6 percent of Richmond County pupils failed the math portion and 16.5 percent faltered on the reading test.

Among third-graders, 14.5 percent of Richmond County pupils failed to pass the reading test.

Next year, eighth-graders will be required to pass the reading and math tests to move to high school.

The law is designed to end social promotion.

Reach Greg Rickabaugh at (706) 828-3851 or greg.rickabaugh@augustachronicle.com.

Failing The Test

Here are the number of third-and fifth-graders at each school who failed the listed test required for promotion to the next grade (third-grade reading is defined by 3R; fifth-grade reading by 5R; fifth-grade math by 5M).

School3R5R5M

RICHMOND COUNTY

Barton Chapel221924

Bayvale171719

Blythe171319

Collins81216

Copeland141216

Craig-Houghton131112

Freedom Park267

Garrett599

Glenn Hills101016

Goshen414

Gracewood2411

Hains151420

Hephzibah141013

Hornsby131912

Jamestown81422

Jenkins-White181621

Lake Forest Hills81414

Lamar131927

McBean2812

Meadowbrook231927

Merry425

Milledge12813

Monte Sano71019

National Hills354

Reynolds6916

Rollins91216

Southside101829

Terrace Manor121512

Tobacco Road101019

Walker000

Warren Road202

Wheeless31918

Wilkinson Gardens141011

Willis Foreman123139

Windsor Spring192526

COLUMBIA COUNTY

Bel-Air1812

Blue Ridge200

Brookwood224

Euchee Creek9712

Evans356

Greenbrier5511

Grovetown81925

Lewiston238

Martinez437

North Columbia306

North Harlem338

Riverside114

South Columbia437

Stevens Creek334

Westmont014