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Henry schools ace CRCTs
by Noreen Cochran
July 23, 2013 06:27 PM | 2638 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A half-dozen Henry County schools beat system-level results on the 2012-13 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests by scoring perfect 100s in percentages of students meeting or exceeding standards.

Henry had already beat state results in every subject in every grade.

The tests were administered in the spring in five subject areas – reading, English/language arts, math, science and social studies – to elementary and middle school students in grades 3 through 8.

The perfect scores belong to East Lake, Pate’s Creek, Hickory Flat and Woodland elementary schools and Patrick Henry and Union Grove middle schools.

Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Leadership Services Aaryn Schmuhl said students and teachers are rising to a system-wide challenge.

“We are proud of the many accomplishments of our students displayed through the CRCT results. With our district goal of having 100 percent of students meet or exceed all testing standards, it is great to see this 100 percent number achieved in various reporting areas,” he said.

“We continue to work towards that goal for all reporting areas.”

East Lake scored 100 in third- and fifth-grade reading and fourth- and fifth-grade English/language arts.

Students at the McDonough school beat last year’s scores with the exception of fifth-grade English/language arts, in which its 2012 score was also 100.

However, this year’s fifth-graders improved results from their fourth-grade score of 98.4 percent.

All of Pate’s Creek’s fourth-graders met or exceeded standards in reading, a gain of nearly three points over last year’s fourth-graders and four full points over the same students’ scores in 2012.

At Hickory Flat, all fifth-graders met or exceeded math standards, beating the system by nearly seven points, the state by more than 10 points and their own fourth-grade record by nearly five points.

Woodland tied with East Lake in fifth-grade reading, a five-point improvement over 2012 fifth-graders and two full points over the same test-takers’ fourth-grade scores.

Patrick Henry and Union Grove tied for sixth-grade reading, beating last year’s sixth-grade scores by 6.7 and 1.4 percent, respectively.

Echoing system-wide and statewide trends, the schools’ ‘exceeding standards’ scores improved over 2012, including a dramatic 32.2 percent leap for Patrick Henry.

“Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the ‘exceeds’ category,” state School Superintendent John Barge said in a statement.

“This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning.”

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