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School-level CRCT scores released
by Mary Catherine Thomson
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The Georgia Department of Education last week released the school-level Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) scores, which show an upward trend in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the statewide standards.

“The best news in the 2012 CRCT report is that more of our students are exceeding the standards,” State School Superintendent John Barge said in a statement.

Statewide improvements were seen in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the state standard on 20 of the 30 content-area tests, and only four areas experienced decreases. Barge attributes this year’s success to the hard work put forth by teachers in order to adjust to the raised Georgia Performance Standards.

“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,” he said.

Following in suit with state improvements, local schools also saw positive changes in test scores. Many schools saw increases of 10 or more in the percentage of students meeting and exceeding state standards in different areas. For example, Bolton Academy’s third-grade English/language arts scores increased from 76.2 percent to 94.2 percent. Garden Hills Elementary also experienced significant positive change in their fifth-grade math scores, which rose from 68.2 percent to 81.4 percent.

More specifically though, all three of the local schools labeled as Focus Schools under the system reestablished by the Georgia Department of Education in March saw increases in test scores.

Under this new system reinstated under the Georgia’s February waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, each school in the state is classified as a Reward, Priority, Focus or Alert School. Focus Schools are defined by the Georgia Department of Education as “having a graduation rate of less than 60 percent over two years and having the largest within-school gaps between the highest-achieving subgroup and the lowest-achieving subgroup.”

The three local schools labeled as Focus Schools include High Point Elementary in Sandy Springs and two Sandy Springs middle schools, Ridgeview Charter and Sandy Springs Charter. High Point saw improvements in areas such as fourth-grade reading and English/language arts and fifth-grade science and social studies.

Both middle schools also saw increased test scores. Ridgeview Charter experienced improvement in sixth-grade reading, science and social studies, seventh-grade reading, English/language arts and science, and eighth-grade social studies. Sandy Springs Charter improved its test scores in sixth-grade reading, English/language arts, math and science, seventh-grade social studies, and eighth-grade English/language arts and science.

CRCT scores



The percentage of students that met or exceeded state standards on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test during the 2011-12 school year. Due to state budget cuts, first- and second-graders did not take the test this year.

Atlanta Public Schools

Elementary Schools

Gr R E/LA Math Sci. Soc.

Bolton Academy

3 92.8 94.2 84.1 74.6 84.5

4 76.8 80.0 54.5 69.6 60.7

5 84.8 86.7 71.1 57.4 55.3

Morris Brandon

3 97.8 98.9 94.6 94.6 96.8

4 99.5 100.0 98.4 97.8 98.9

5 98.7 98.1 94.2 96.2 94.9

Garden Hills

3 93.0 93.0 81.7 79.1 80.0

4 85.9 81.8 62.2 70.0 65.0

5 94.3 93.2 81.4 84.4 78.9

Warren T. Jackson

3 100.0 100.0 98.8 95.9 97.1

4 99.3 99.3 94.3 95.9 94.5

5 99.3 98.6 95.0 95.1 96.5

E. Rivers

3 87.9 92.3 76.3 74.0 82.8

4 92.6 93.7 77.1 84.5 77.1

5 98.9 100.0 89.1 84.9 85.9

Sarah R. Smith

3 98.9 98.4 90.2 94.0 94.5

4 98.1 98.1 93.8 95.7 95.1

5 98.0 99.3 92.1 93.5 92.1

Middle Schools

Gr R E/LA Math Sci. Soc.

Sutton


6 97.0 94.8 83.1 79.0 80.2

7 96.2 97.2 91.4 89.7 84.1

8 95.7 97.5 76.9 72.8 84.3

Fulton County Schools

Elementary Schools

Gr R E/LA Math Sci. Soc.

Dunwoody Springs


3 99.3 99.3 96.5 94.4 97.1

4 96.6 95.8 95.0 95.1 90.9

5 95.1 96.5 91.0 89.7 88.3

Heards Ferry

3 94.2 96.5 91.9 93.0 95.3

4 100.0 99.0 95.0 97.1 96.1

5 98.2 98.2 94.5 92.9 92.9

High Point

3 88.0 90.7 84.3 83.5 82.6

4 91.2 90.5 80.2 81.9 81.0

5 91.4 94.4 88.6 83.3 84.3

Ison Springs

3 95.9 93.9 85.1 73.3 81.0

4 93.1 95.8 78.9 83.8 79.5

5 86.4 88.6 64.0 64.1 59.3

Lake Forest

3 93.6 92.7 83.3 87.9 85.1

4 94.0 94.0 83.6 84.7 80.6

5 93.6 94.6 72.4 74.1 70.6

Spalding Drive

3 95.1 93.8 94.9 82.0 91.5

4 90.8 90.8 74.6 80.9 82.4

5 86.4 93.2 85.0 80.0 86.4

Woodland

3 91.0 90.3 84.8 78.3 80.6

4 91.4 91.4 74.0 78.9 73.8

5 93.3 95.0 86.0 78.2 77.2

Middle Schools

Gr R E/LA Math Sci. Soc.

Ridgeview Charter

6 98.3 90.7 72.3 74.6 78.2

7 92.0 90.5 87.5 87.2 84.1

8 95.0 94.0 69.2 65.8 73.4

Sandy Springs Charter

6 95.8 91.2 75.9 73.1 79.8

7 92.9 92.0 84.1 83.9 81.1

8 95.0 94.2 62.5 75.2 68.23

Key

Gr: grade; R: reading; E/LA: English/language arts, Sci: science, Soc.: social studies

Online: www.gadoe.org.
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