Originally created 06/08/06

Hundreds must take tests again



School has been out for only a couple of weeks, but for hundreds of area pupils, summer has come to an abrupt end.

School officials said they failed to meet state standards on the required portions of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.

They must pass the retest later this summer or successfully appeal in order to be promoted to the next grade.

The tests necessary to advance are in third-grade reading, fifth-grade reading and math, and eighth-grade reading and math.

In Richmond County, 616 third-graders, 743 fifth-graders and 378 eighth-graders failed to meet standards in reading. On the math test, 486 fifth-graders and 917 eighth-graders failed to meet standards.

Columbia County Director of School Improvement Lisa Soloff said 130 third-graders, 128 fifth-graders and 76 eighth-graders failed reading, and 98 fifth-graders and 212 eighth-graders failed math.

Pupils who failed have the option of attending summer school before taking the tests again.

Test results brought good and bad news for Richmond County.

On one hand, every middle school in the county except two improved in eighth-grade reading and math. C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School and John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School had 100 percent of pupils meeting standards.

"They've been working hard," Carol Rountree, the school system's director of guidance and testing, said of the middle schools. "That's what that says."

It was the first time eighth-graders have faced consequences for not passing the test.

"It makes a difference when the students realize that the test is going to count toward promotion than when they are simply told they need to do well," Dr. Rountree said. "Having strong consequences linked to it really makes a difference in performance, and hopefully that's going to continue."

Elementary school pupils, however, struggled in reading, with fewer passing this year compared with last.

But, Dr. Rountree cautioned that a comparison shouldn't be made because there are new standards and new tests are being used.

"Of course, we would've liked to have had the same percentage or greater percentage pass as before, but knowing there was going to be a new test and it's actually a new baseline, we're not expected to compare them to last year," she said.

Pupils will have another chance to pass the required tests at the end of June.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

FAILING GRADES


Percentage of pupils in Richmond County and Georgia who failed to meet state standards on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (2006 data are preliminary):

Third grade

Fifth grade Eighth grade
County State County State County State
Reading 2005 15 8 16 11 29 17
Reading 2006 25.3 17 29.4 19 14.9 11
Math 2005 22 13 47 31
Math 2006 19.2 11 36.1 23

Sources: Richmond County Board of Education, Georgia Department of Education

OFF TO SUMMER SCHOOL


Pupils who didn't meet state standards on the required sections of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests must pass a retest this summer, successfully appeal or be held back. Here are the 2006 preliminary percentages of pupils in Richmond County who didn't meet standards and the 2005 results:

Third grade Fifth grade
Reading Reading Math
School 2005 2006 2005 2006 2005 2006
Barton Chapel 30 43.5 19 41.5 25 30.9
Bayvale 40 42.9 29 37.2 33 30.9
Blythe 30 33.9 21 43.9 30 27.3
Collins 13 38.1 20 47.5 26 21.3
Copeland 19 26.9 19 25.0 24 21.4
Craig-Houghton 20 48.8 19 42.4 20 21.2
Freedom Park 2 2.5 8 6.3 10 3.2
Garrett 13 17.1 19 11.4 19 11.4
Glenn Hills 16 31.6 13 26.7 21 22.7
Goshen 4 8.6 1 14.7 5 2.7
Gracewood 3 30.6 5 32.8 13 16.4
Hains 33 30.9 26 40.0 37 25.0
Hephzibah 18 25.9 15 18.8 19 14.1
Hornsby 26 32.5 42 40.4 27 26.9
Jamestown 7 13.5 11 21.6 17 7.2
Jenkins-White 33 66.0 29 43.9 38 22.8
Lake Forest Hills 11 7.8 20 26.5 20 22.9
Lamar 25 40.0 36 46.2 54 36.5
McBean 2 18.4 9 18.3 13 13.4
Meadowbrook 22 31.1 16 38.8 23 27.1
Merry 8 8.5 4 19.2 10 9.6
Milledge 24 46.5 16 26.0 25 20.0
Monte Sano 15 4.9 17 24.0 34 10.0
National Hills 10 24.2 16 33.3 13 25.0
Reynolds 8 16.2 9 20.0 16 12.2
Rollins 13 9.5 19 25.3 25 24.1
Southside 19 36.5 28 37.5 45 18.8
Terrace Manor 23 32.3 28 46.8 23 22.6
Tobacco Road 9 25.7 8 19.0 15 10.6
C.T. Walker 0 3.8 0 1.2 0 0
Warren Road 3 1.5 0 13.2 3 11.8
Wheeless Road 5 23.3 37 45.9 35 41.0
Wilkinson Gardens 22 41.2 18 41.3 20 33.3
Willis Foreman 10 23.3 20 27.3 26 21.4
Windsor Spring 22 24.0 26 44.7 27 29.8
Richmond County 15 25.3 16 29.4 22 19.2
Georgia 8 17 11 19 13 11


EIGHTH GRADE

School Reading 2005 Reading 2006 Math 2005 Math 2006
Davidson 0 0 0 0
East Augusta 34 21.8 41 32.1
Glenn Hills 26 13.6 43 42.4
Hephzibah 25 10.4 45 29.6
Langford 32 9.8 53 27.6
Morgan Road 18 15.5 43 38.5
Murphey 54 26.4 72 57.7
Sego 34 16.5 56 36.4
Spirit Creek 34 17.3 57 42.1
Tubman 37 25.8 56 51.1
Tutt 16 7.1 29 26.5
C.T. Walker 0 0 0 0
Richmond County 29 14.9 47 36.1
Georgia 17 11 31 23

Sources: Richmond County Board of Education and Georgia Department of Education