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June 18--  The Georgia Department of Education has released results of last school term's CRCT standardized testing in grades three through eight.

Among schools in our area, the class with the most students meeting or exceeding standards in reading was the sixth graders in Montgomery County while the lowest percentage in reading was the fourth graders in Toombs County.

In English/language arts, the fifth graders in Montgomery County had the highest percentage and the lowest came from the sixth graders in Treutlen County.

In math, Montgomery County fifth graders again topped the area while Toombs County eighth graders had the lowest percentage in math.

In science, Vidalia's fourth graders had the highest percentage with Treutlen eighth graders coming in last.

And in social science, Montgomery County third graders had the top percentage while Montgomery County sixth graders came in with the lowest percentage meeting or exceeding standards.

Here's the state Department of Education release with links at the bottom to check scores at the school system and school level.

The 2012 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) results show more students are exceeding the standards than last year. Results also showed a one-year improvement in the percentage of students meeting and exceeding on 20 of the 30 content-area tests.

“The best news in the 2012 CRCT report is that more of our students are exceeding the standards,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. “Teachers are doing a great job teaching the more rigorous Georgia Performance Standards and they are to be applauded for raising expectations for all students.”

Exceeding the Standards: One Year Improvement on 24 of the 30 Content-Area Tests

- Grade 3: When comparing 2012 performance to 2011, the percentage of students exceeding the standard in Reading, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies increased by 7, 3, 3, 3, and 4 percentage points, respectively. 

- Grade 4: When comparing 2012 performance to 2011, the percentage of students exceeding the standard in Reading, English/Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies increased by 6, 1, 4, and 2 percentage points, respectively.  The percentage of students exceeding the standard in Mathematics remained the same.   

- Grade 5: When comparing 2012 performance to 2011, the percent of students exceeding the standard in English/Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies increased by 5, 4, and 1 percentage point, respectively.  The percentage of students exceeding the standard decreased by 2 points in Reading and 5 points in Mathematics.

- Grade 6: When comparing 2012 performance to 2011, the percent of students exceeding the standard in Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies increased by 6, 2, 4, and 4 percentage points, respectively.  The percentage of students exceeding the standard remained the same for English/Language Arts.

- Grade 7: When comparing 2012 performance to 2011, the percent of students exceeding the standard in Reading, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies increased by 3, 5, 6, 6, and 4 percentage points, respectively.   

- Grade 8: When comparing 2012 performance to 2011, the percent of students exceeding the standard in Reading, Science, and Social Studies increased by 4, 1, and 3 percentage points, respectively.  The percent of students exceeding the standard decreased by 3 percentage points in English/Language Arts, and remained the same in Mathematics.

 Meets and Exceeds the Standards: One Year Improvement on 20 of the 30 Content-Area Tests

When comparing the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standard, the greatest gains were seen in grade 5 Social Studies (+6 percentage points)  and grade 8 Science (+7 percentage points). There were decreases in four areas: grade 3 Science (-2 percentage points), grade 4 Mathematics (-1 percentage point), grade 5 Mathematics (-3 percentage points), and grade 8 Mathematics (-1 percentage point). There were no changes on six tests.

“While I am pleased to see an increase in the majority of the exams, I am concerned about those where we saw decreases or no change at all,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. “As we begin teaching the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards next school year, we know the curriculum and the tests will be more difficult, so we must continue to focus on successfully implementing the new standards. We have been offering, and will continue to offer, teachers the necessary professional development to ensure they are equipped to deliver these new, more rigorous standards and to prepare our students for the next step.”    

Promotion/Retention: State law requires that students in third, fifth, and eighth grade meet or exceed expectations on the CRCT in Reading in order to be promoted. Fifth and eighth grade students must also meet or exceed expectations on the CRCT in Mathematics

More Information:   

Charts with one-year comparison   

CRCT Website   

Promotion/Retention Policy