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South Fulton schools top county in CRCT
by Noreen Cochran
July 16, 2013 03:14 PM | 5599 views | 1 1 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
School-level results on the 2012-13 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests released last week show some south Fulton schools beat the Fulton County Schools System in percentages of students exceeding standards and/or meeting and exceeding standards.

The tests were administered during the spring in five subjects to students in grades 3 through 8.

The south Fulton schools which were highest-scoring in the most subjects were KIPP Academy in East Point, Campbell Elementary School in Fairburn and Stonewall Tell Elementary and Main Street Academy, both in College Park.

KIPP got perfect scores in seventh-grade reading, math and social studies and eighth-grade social studies.

Main Street hit 100 percent with seventh- and eighth-grade English language arts and eighth-grade reading.

Campbell outdid the state and system with its third-grade scores of 97.7 in reading, 94.6 in English language arts and 88.5 in math.

Principal Denine W. Cadet credited her teaching staff.

“I totally think that students directly link to the competency level of the teachers,” she said. “Of all our teachers, probably our third-grade team is the best we’ve ever had.”

Providing resources and training is the key to serving a very diverse population, Cadet said.

“We teach all those student in the manner in which they need,” she said.

At Stonewall Tell, Principal Shannon Flounnory admitted to giving his students nearly $5,000 in extra incentives.

“I went out on a limb,” he said. “Anyone who scored 100 percent in math and science, I will purchase an iPad, their own personal one, not one that they have to leave at school.”

Even as his students hit the books – and their school-provided technology tools – Flounnory thought he and his personal bank account were safe.

“I did a statistical analysis and saw that it was unlikely,” he said about having to pay up. “In the end, I had 14 students with perfect scores. It was the best $4,700 I ever spent.”

Stonewall Tell had the highest south Fulton percentages of third-grade students meeting and exceeding standards in science and social studies, posting 86.5 and 93.3, respectively, compared to the system’s 80.0 and 84.8 and the state’s 78.4 and 83.4.

It had the highest in fifth-grade math in exceeding standards and in meeting and exceeding standards, registering 60.9 and 95.5, respectively, to the system’s 54.1 and 90.2 and the state’s 47.0 and 89.5.

Echoing system-wide and statewide trends, Stonewall Tell’s scores improved over 2012.

“Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress,” state Superintendent John Barge said in a statement.

Fulton Superintendent Robert Avossa agreed.

“We’re excited that several academic areas increased in the ‘exceeds standards’ category,” he said in a statement.

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