Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Leadership Services Aaryn Schmuhl said most areas and grade levels tested increased between 2 and 5 percent in the meets and exceeds category in all grade levels.
On average, Henry County Schools ranked higher than the state average between 4 to 10 percent, he said.
“In reading in third grade, Henry was 96 percent passing and the state was 91 percent,” Schmuhl said. “In eighth-grade math, Henry was 85 percent and the state was at 77 percent.
“A comparison of each grade level and content areas showed Henry above the state averages.”
The increase this year can be attributed to the work of teachers and leadership of administration, he said.
“Increased focus on reading comprehension skills in elementary grades and a focus on math across the district has helped show a continuous upward trend,” Schmuhl said.
An initiative called GRASP was implemented by the district, as well, which marks student performance in math and reading at the beginning, middle and end of the school year also received a nod from Schmuhl toward upping the district’s performance.
“In addition to the universal screener, the district implementation of the CLASS KEYS evaluation system that included a student achievement goal-setting component for each teacher helped focus the work of the schools on the students in their building,” he said.
The CRCT will play a modified role in assessing annual district achievement, however, as Georgia has been granted a waiver from No Child Left Behind, which is the administering force behind the standardized testing.
“Adequate Yearly Progress is gone and annual determinations of AYP will no longer occur,” Schmuhl said. “The new College and Career Readiness Performance Index measures school on anywhere from 12 to 19 indicators depending on the grade-level band.” AYP relies on performance solely in math, reading and English/language arts, but will now include social studies and science testing.
“Where AYP was used to identify a school making or not making AYP, the [new index] is a more holistic snapshot of where a school is at a particular window of time.” He said the CRCT will only account for five of the 12 to 15 indicators.