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District sees improvement in CRCT scores
by Adam Elrod
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July 10, 2013 02:07 PM | 1196 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paulding County School District scored higher than the state average in most areas on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, CRCT.

“Overall they [the numbers] are up,” said Superintendent Cliff Cole.

The CRCT is a state standardized test for third- through eighth-grade students with sections in reading, English / language arts, math, science and social studies.

All grade levels scored higher than the state in the areas of math, social studies and reading.

Math and social studies had positive jumps for Paulding students this year compared to 2012, he said.

“We have focused on math,” Cole said.

The highest improvement for math was in sixth grade with 87.8 meeting or exceeding in 2012-13 compared to 76 percent meeting or exceeding the standard in 2011-12 school year.

In social studies eighth grade saw the highest jump from 65 percent meeting or exceeding the standard in 2011-12, to 84.4 percent meeting or exceeding the standard in 2012-2013 school year.

Cole said they want to continue to see the increases in the percentage meeting the standard, but really want to see growth in the “exceeding the standard” category in all areas.

Cole said the jump in scores is due to the hard work of the county’s teachers.

“I think the scores show it,” he said

Though there were five areas between all of the grade levels that did not see improvements, Cole said the decreases did not show a pattern and there is nothing to suggest the district should worry.

For more information about the CRCT and to see the scores for the state and the county, visit doe.k12.ga.us.
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