The tests are designed to measure how well students measure up to the Georgia Performance Standards. They test students in grades 3 through 8 on reading, language arts, math, science and social studies.
“The best news in the 2012 CRCT report is that more of our students are exceeding the standards,” said State School Superintendent John Barge in a statement. “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.”
All Fulton Science Academy eighth graders met or exceeded reading standards in reading, language arts and social studies and all Fulton Science Academy seventh graders met or exceeded standards in reading, language arts, math, science and social studies. All sixth graders at Autrey Mill Middle School met or exceeded standards in reading and all Fulton Science Academy sixth graders met or exceeded standards in language arts.
Many schools also saw gains in performance, such as Holcomb Bridge Middle School where the percent of sixth graders who met or exceeded standards in reading went up 4.3 percent. There was also a 3.4 percent gain in science and a 4.3 gain in social studies among Holcomb Bridge sixth graders.
According to state law, students in third, fifth and eighth grades must meet or exceed expectations in the reading standardized test in order to be promoted the next year. Fifth and eighth grade students also must meet expectations in math.
Across the state, gains were seen in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standards in fifth grade social studies and eighth grade science. There were decreases in third grade science, fourth grade math, fifth grade math and eighth grade math.