CRCT math scores vary widely

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Georgia's children made gains in math, but a closer look at test scores shows wide swings -- both up and down -- in Richmond County.

For instance, National Hills Elementary School fifth-graders made a 38-point gain, while fifth-graders at Hornsby dropped 38 points, according to Criterion-Referenced Competency Test results released Tuesday by the Georgia Department of Education.

The state expected gains this year, a year after tougher math standards were introduced in fifth and eighth grades.

"There's that thing that is called the 'implementation dip,' " department spokesman Matt Cardoza said.

Still, he wasn't sure why results varied so greatly. Testing officials haven't had time to analyze the results of school-level data, Mr. Cardoza said.

Richmond County Superintendent Dana Bedden said the disparities stood out to him as well.

"We clearly have inconsistencies in our performance," he said, but he cautioned against reading too much into results by comparing the same grade level one year to the next.

"You can make some real erroneous assumptions if you compare this group of third-graders to last year's group," he said. "There's inherently a flaw to this."

Columbia County's math results were more consistent. Every middle school there showed an increase over last year in the eighth-grade math portion of the CRCT.

Last year, 473 eighth-graders failed the test. This year, 317 students failed. In all, 81 percent of eighth-graders passed the test, an 8 percent increase over 2008.

Evans Middle showed the most dramatic increase, moving from 63.7 percent passing in 2008 to 81.9 percent this year. Lisa Soloff, the county's Title I director, credited educators for the improvements.

The county's newest middle school, Stallings Island, performed better than any other middle school in the county, with 92.7 percent passing in math and 97.7 percent passing in reading.

The CRCT is particularly important to children in third, fifth and eighth grades. Third-graders must pass reading and fifth- and eighth-graders must pass both reading and math to automatically advance to the next grade.

The test is also a major factor in determining whether a school makes "adequate yearly progress," the measure used by No Child Left Behind.

The results released Tuesday don't reflect the results of the CRCT retest given earlier this summer.

Columbia County Bureau Chief Donnie Fetter contributed to this story.

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

COLUMBIA COUNTY
School THIRD GRADE READING FIFTH GRADE READING MATH
Lewiston Elementary School 95.6 93.8 94.4
River Ridge Elementary School 100.0 98.4 98.4
Westmont Elementary School 97.6 92.4 80.9
Evans Elementary School 96.4 95.8 91.7
Blue Ridge Elementary School 97.9 97.7 93.2
Brookwood Elementary School 94.1 92.6 86.2
Stevens Creek Elementary School 98.0 97.1 93.7
Riverside Elementary School 93.7 96.9 96.9
Cedar Ridge Elementary School 93.5 91.7 81.8
Greenbrier Elementary School 100.0 98.2 92.7
Euchee Creek Elementary School 88.7 92.5 74.1
Bel Air Elementary School 97.5 92.6 84.0
Martinez Elementary School 91.8 92.9 87.1
North Columbia Elementary School 98.2 94.5 81.8
North Harlem Elementary School 84.3 79.8 79.8
Grovetown Elementary School 90.7 84.1 83.0
South Columbia Elementary School 92.2 84.8 68.2

School EIGHTH GRADE READING EIGHTH GRADE MATH
Greenbrier Middle School 97.4 87.7
Grovetown Middle School 94.3 63.8
Evans Middle School 96.5 81.9
Stallings Island Middle School 97.7 92.7
Riverside Middle School 96.5 88.9
Harlem Middle School 93.0 75.5
Lakeside Middle School 95.9 77.9
Columbia Middle School 95.6 82.8

RICHMOND COUNTY
School THIRD GRADE READING FIFTH GRADE READING MATH
Craig Houghton Elementary School 70.6 77.6 32.8
Hephzibah Elementary School 88.5 85.1 74.7
Freedom Park Elementary School 91.3 86.9 71.4
Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School 60.3 81.3 50.0
Deer Chase Elementary School 81.7 74.5 64.2
Meadowbrook Elementary School 77.8 70.5 75.8
Jamestown Elementary School 94.4 91.3 74.3
Collins Elementary School 66.7 77.2 61.4
Goshen Elementary School 96.9 93.0 68.6
Sue Reynolds Elementary School 95.6 78.0 59.8
Diamond Lakes Elementary School 80.7 76.9 59.0
Willis Foreman Elementary School 73.8 76.5 35.8
Tobacco Road Elementary School 86.3 75.0 64.3
McBean Elementary School 85.4 88.0 69.3
Lake Forest Hills Elementary School 89.3 92.6 82.4
Jenkins-White Elementary Charter School 85.5 78.8 53.8
Garrett Elementary School 96.4 94.4 86.1
National Hills Elementary School 87.5 84.8 81.8
Rollins Elementary School 75.4 72.5 53.6
C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School 96.4 99.0 97.9
Windsor Spring Elementary School 84.6 71.6 49.4
Barton Chapel Elementary School 71.6 66.7 59.4
Copeland Elementary School 70.0 73.6 31.9
Glenn Hills Elementary School 67.7 66.2 46.3
A. Brian Merry Elementary School 94.7 92.9 78.6
Warren Road Elementary School 93.3 88.4 82.6
Hornsby Elementary School 74.5 94.9 53.8
Bayvale Elementary School 80.4 67.4 65.9
Milledge Elementary School 68.2 84.6 61.5
Blythe Elementary School 82.1 63.8 53.4
Gracewood Elementary School 83.3 75.6 30.8
Lamar Elementary School 71.1 84.8 51.5
Monte Sano Elementary School 80.6 87.0 78.3
Southside Elementary School 61.3 73.5 85.7
Wheeless Road Elementary School 59.0 73.7 70.2
Terrace Manor Elementary School 78.7 69.0 85.7
Hains Elementary School 82.8 74.1 70.4

School EIGHTH GRADE READING EIGHTH GRADE MATH
Freedom Park Elementary School 95.1 73.8
Morgan Road Middle School 88.8 40.0
Glenn Hills Middle School 87.5 55.1
Spirit Creek Middle School 84.4 34.6
Langford Middle School 86.9 52.5
C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School 100.0 92.0
Hephzibah Middle School 89.4 62.7
East Augusta Middle School 75.0 40.0
Sego Middle School 80.6 51.4
John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School 100.0 99.0
Murphey Middle School 75.6 29.9
Tubman Middle School 78.9 26.1
Tutt Middle School 91.7 57.9

SCHOOL-LEVEL RESULTS

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4
Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8



COMPARISON: 2008/2009 RESULTS

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4
Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8
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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/08/09 - 03:24 am
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Greg, THANKS for providing

Greg, THANKS for providing your readers these data.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/08/09 - 05:09 am
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Thinking about these scores,

Thinking about these scores, they prove nothing as one teacher commented yesterday. It is all about the families and the socioeconomic status. The only data that should be used is how much improvement was made. If a school scored 50 last time and moved up to 60 that would be great in my book. If a school scored 98 and dropped to 95 that would be bad even though the score still looks good.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/08/09 - 07:46 am
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The Richmond County eighth

The Richmond County eighth grade math scores are truly frightening.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 07/08/09 - 07:47 am
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*SHRUGS* as I look at Collins

*SHRUGS* as I look at Collins scores my mind races to this thought: If Mrs. Beasley who's currently the outgoing principal at Collins couldn't get her students to pass the CRCT scores on the elementary level, OMG she's coming to Laney will that same FAILURE to accomplish mentality she has hoovering over here be there as well?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/08/09 - 08:08 am
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I have an idea why at least

I have an idea why at least one Col. Cty. school board member had reservations about naming the new high school, Grovetown.

disssman
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disssman 07/08/09 - 09:24 am
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And its hard to believe, but,

And its hard to believe, but, the top 10% of teachers in each grade make way over 120,000 a year (with benefits). I wonder if we paid them 1/2 a Mil if they could get the kids up to an average of high C or low B. Honestly folks for what we pay as yaxpayers this is disgusting. BTW did you ever notice that if the results are poor, Bedden has a phony reason, but in the few times they have improved slightly, he is over joyed. I say what are the elected officials going to do about this travesty, probably give out some huge bonises. Who is in charge to correct this - we the voters are.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 07/08/09 - 09:47 am
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Once again, the numbers bear

Once again, the numbers bear out that CCBOE cares not one wit for the kids of Harlem. Old schools, old furniture, old technology shoehorned into the building, on and on. When are the parents of these kids going to stand up and say, "ENOUGH!" How about we stop treating Harlem like a redheaded stepchild?

crackertroy
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crackertroy 07/08/09 - 10:04 am
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Where's McDuffie County?
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Where's McDuffie County?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/08/09 - 10:07 am
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These pitiful math scores
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These pitiful math scores show once again the failure of our American public school system. When will we learn that pouring more money into this worthless program won't make it better? American kids are getting their butts kicked in international math and science competitions. Countries much poorer like China, Korea, India, and Russia are producing kids that can outperform ours in math and science. We are losing in these competitions, and our future will suffer because of it. Thanks NEA, for nothing!

LolaJean
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LolaJean 07/08/09 - 10:10 am
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People talk about how great

People talk about how great the public school system is in Co. County as opposed to Rich. County. Havent we ever thought it through? The reason that MOST of Co. County has higher scores than Rich is not necessarily because of the teachers or the board. How about the fact that most of the kids out there have parents that give a $h@t about there child's education? There are tons more 2 parent households in Co County than in Rich County. Grovetown and Harlem have a similar demographic to Rich County, so I would expect those scores to be lower than the Stevens Creeks and Blue Ridges. Obviously there are exceptions everywhere, but who could deny the facts?

augnewsgirl09
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augnewsgirl09 07/08/09 - 10:36 am
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These tests have exactly the

These tests have exactly the same concept as the SAT. They really don't prove how well a child has done all year. Many people only see the CRCT scores and assume that the child has "failed" to learn the material and the teachers haven't done their jobs correctly. It is quite an unfair system.

bone
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bone 07/08/09 - 10:59 am
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wonder what happens to a

wonder what happens to a student who talks back to a teacher in china, korea, india, russia, japan, germany, etc....

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/08/09 - 11:50 am
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BONE, they are taught not to.
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BONE, they are taught not to. That's one reason why they're outperforming our kids. And AUGNEWSGIRL, I guess those international competitions are unfair too...you know...the ones where our kids get their butts kicked by kids from other countries.

augnewsgirl09
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augnewsgirl09 07/08/09 - 12:06 pm
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Southernguy, even though my

Southernguy, even though my post had nothing to do with the competitions, let me clarify why American students are losing. Most of the material students learn is what is on these tests. They really don't learn mathematical concepts. It's all about passing test after test after test. In my opinion, that is unfair.

disssman
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disssman 07/08/09 - 12:32 pm
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Bone one other thing about

Bone one other thing about those countries listed is the teachers don't let students AX questions. And the kids don't excell in sports or drive to school.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/08/09 - 01:27 pm
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AUGNEWSGIRL, FYI, life is
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AUGNEWSGIRL, FYI, life is about competition, and we are competing with the world! If we don't have tests to gauge what our kids are learning, or not learning, how do we judge their knowledge? In my opinion, programs that you can order online and after school programs tutoring math to our kids are indicative of a public educational system that is incompetent and wasteful! But when anybody wants to offer school vouchers to parents and actually give them a choice where to send their kids, they're labeled racist and hateful. Until everyone involved in our public schools, including incompetent teachers with tenure, are made accountable, public schools will have no real competition, and therefore will not improve. There goes our future!

augnewsgirl09
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augnewsgirl09 07/08/09 - 02:07 pm
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I was involved in the Math

I was involved in the Math Club, Math Team, and tutored math to middle school students who needed a little extra help with their studies. How is that indicative of an educational system that is wasteful and incompetent?

bone
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bone 07/08/09 - 05:14 pm
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southern, i understand the

southern, i understand the spirit of what you are saying and agree for the most part. at the school where i work, teachers benefit greatly from reduced discipline problems due to a strong desire on our part to engage the students effectively. planning for instruction and the quality of instruction play a large part in student achievement. are the teachers better than elsewhere? there are certainly examples of terrible teaching, but i would say a main reason students excel is because teachers choose to vigorously instruct them and demand the best results. parent expectations play a large part in the overall expectations of the instructional programs, but the teachers are still working long hours and taking extra time to make sure students "get it." btw, i am 100% in favor of vouchers - so long as those who use them out-of-zone receive the same treatment as private school or select population public schools such as DFA: if you fail to meet certain expectations, you must return to your "home" school.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 07/08/09 - 06:24 pm
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dear little, the 8th grade

dear little, the 8th grade math scores are low because they school board only feels that from grades 8-12 they will only need to count to 4...hut..hut..hut..hut

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 07/08/09 - 06:28 pm
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pull out the magnet schools

pull out the magnet schools and the 8th grade math scores drop from an avera ge of 55 to 47...gee when will the morons on the school board realize that outside of freedom park PARENTIAL INVOLEMENT IS THE KEY!!!!!

LCC0256
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LCC0256 07/08/09 - 06:38 pm
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with the exception of the

with the exception of the walker magnet school t harry garrett has the best scores of elementary schools in richmond county...i drove by my old school the other day and guess what?... closing it! most likely tearing it down!! does anyone see something wrong with this picture!!??

class1
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class1 07/09/09 - 01:35 am
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Hopefully, there was no funny

Hopefully, there was no funny business with the math test at Hornsby like some schools in the Atlanta area. They should check the Hornsby students 6th grade math scores.

wbug2
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wbug2 07/09/09 - 02:01 am
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Teachers are having to deal

Teachers are having to deal with discipline problems all day and try to teach students who could give a flip about learning. The parents think school is a baby sitting program for them so they can sit on their rumps at home and never do a thing to help their child, the teachers, or the school. Teachers are expected to be an administrator, counselor, nutritionist, nurse, ect. and then find uninterrupted time to teach something meaningful to their students. Not to mention trying to get the students excited about a test they could care less about. Until parents of these students are held accountable for the disruptive and violent behaviors of their children in the classrooms the teachers will never be able to educate the students the way they should be. Students are allowed to treat teachers any way they want to without consequences. You want to know why the scores are the way they are. Go visit a classroom for a day and see what really goes on. See how you do in trying to get students to be serious about testing and not just making pictures out of their answers or just flat out refusing to take the test. Instead of bashing teachers for what you think they don't do, Pray for them!

corgimom
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corgimom 07/11/09 - 07:35 pm
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If scores increased every

If scores increased every year, something would be dramatically wrong. That is statisically impossible. There comes a point where there is a diminishing return. There also needs to be somebody with some SENSE that knows what a standard bell curve is, and that there are going to be some students, and some schools, that are below average. You have to have a below, a middle, and a high to have an average.

bone
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bone 07/11/09 - 11:27 pm
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NCLB and GA H.B. 1187. know

NCLB and GA H.B. 1187. know your enemy

redapples
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redapples 07/12/09 - 01:17 am
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The scores for Columbia

The scores for Columbia County may be better overall, but they are not impressive scores as a whole. Take a good look at your 8th grade math teachers and make use of those new math coaches!!

a small voice
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a small voice 07/12/09 - 04:59 pm
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Parents of students in other

Parents of students in other countries do not accept failure and low scores. A"C" would not be okay to bring home. Their kids understand that the road to a prosperous future is an education. Without it they will go hungry. Our kids play with baskeballs, footballs and soccer balls in another country eight year olds make those balls while working 16 hour shifts. In this country kids think all they have to do is ask for something and they get it, no work involved. We buy them expensive cars (check out the Columbia Co high school parking lots), clothes, cell phones which make it easier for them to cheat on tests. We need parent accountability in Richmond County now!! Parents should be fined for their child's major behavior violations and DFCS should get progress and report cards for any child recieving aid or monetary funds will be decreased if they are not making passing grades. Any kid on probation must make a "B" or better on their report card and no discipline referrals or go back to alternative or YDC. Parent does not come for conference, child go home and must return with a parent. Parents must demand the best and we must make them by "any means necessary"

Longtime CSRA resident
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Longtime CSRA resident 07/12/09 - 05:01 pm
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Standardized test scores do

Standardized test scores do not tell the entire story of how schools are doing or how students are progressing. They are just one indicator.

class1
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class1 07/14/14 - 08:32 am
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CRCT

The CRCT is a joke. It is not a test based on the bell curve. You either pass or fail. However, the state controls the data by manipulating the results by setting the passing rate. The test is set up with 60 questions and before you needed 30 right to pass and get a 800. 800 is a passing score, however if you lower the number passed to say 29 than more students pass. Recently in some of the test they have lowered the number to 28, so more students will pass and the results will look better to the public. When posting the results post how many correct the students got, so the public will see the TRUE RESULTS!

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