Parents being notified of CRCT retest results

The Columbia County school system has received retest results from the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.

Administrators from each school have been contacting parents with their children's results.

Deputy Superintendent Sandra Carraway said some elementary school principals might not have returned to their schools this week. As a result, she said, some parents might not receive the results until next week.

Dr. Carraway said administrators hope to compile a systemwide report by next week.

More than 700 Columbia County elementary and middle school pupils attended CRCT reading and math remediation classes this summer. The school system added 12 teachers to accommodate the enrollment. Retests were June 19-20.

CRCT math scores plummeted statewide last spring when pupils were given the test under a more rigorous curriculum for the first time.

Third-, fifth- and eighth-graders must pass the reading CRCT to be promoted to the next grade. Fifth- and eighth-graders also must pass the math CRCT to advance.

Dr. Carraway said a committee will determine whether pupils who did not pass the math or reading retests will be promoted. She said she expects these meetings to be set up by school officials.

A team of 12 Richmond County employees is preparing to mail out the results of the CRCT retest, Public Information Director Louis Svehla wrote Thursday afternoon in an e-mail.

The results should be sent by certified mail on Monday, and parents should receive them by July 18.

Reach Betsy Gilliland at (706) 868-1222, ext. 113, or betsy.gilliland@augustachronicle.com.