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CRCT scores reveal high marks in north Fulton schools
by Angela Spencer
aspencer@neighbornewspapers.com
July 18, 2012 09:20 AM | 2167 views | 4 4 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Many north Fulton schools saw an increase in test performances when the 2012 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests results were released earlier this summer.

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.
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Ethan5
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July 19, 2012
Notabeliever; I do not find it suspicious. In fact, I think the CRCT outcome is consistent with FSA's continued success. Shame on Fulton School System because they simple got jelaous of this school and just killed it by closing it last month!
Melissa Perry
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July 21, 2012
Ethan, FSA is not closed. Seems like these ladies and gentlemen running FSA never quit. Maybe that's why they are so successful. They converted FSA to a wonderful private school serving Pre-K through 8th grade. You should see the school. It is beautiful. I have attended one of the open houses and it is very clear to me that this school is headed for greatness. We have been told that almost 70 percent of students enrolled so far were either gifted or advance level. This is even better than last year's percentage of 52. Seems like those who look for strong academics continue to choose this top school. I wish there was a voucher program so that everyone regardless of their income level could benefit from top schools like FSA.
Notabeliever
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July 18, 2012


"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."

Does anyone else find it suspicious that ALL of the 6th,, 7th, and 8th grades "met or exceeded" standards? How about bringing in an indepedent proctor to process the tests (hand them over to state education authorities). If they did so, it might show a huge discrepency in scores.

Analyzer
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July 19, 2012
Where on the article it says ALL of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades "met or exceeded" standards. To my knowledge there is no such school in Georgia.

CRCT has watered down so much in the past years that it is only normal for these top schools, Fulton Science and Autrey Middle to receive these scores.

Considering North Fulton average is around 95%, what do you expect these top schools to perform?

To me this is more of an issue that CRCT does not really mean much anymore. If anybody wants to see how well schools are doing, then they should look at a nationally norm test such as ITBS. It is far from an average of 95% for North Fulton. Let's face it. It is obvious that CRCT's are getting easier every year and talking about gains is pointless.

I am looking forward for a national common core standardized test to be implemented so that we can compare our students, schools, districts and states with 46 other states using common core.

http://www.schooldigger.com/go/GA/schoolrank.aspx

Fulton Science Academy - 2nd in State (It is now a Private School, most likely will perform even better)

Autrey Mill - 5th in State

http://www.schooldigger.com/go/GA/districtrank.aspx

Forsyth County - 2nd in State

Gwinnett County - 16th in State

Cobb County - 31st in State

Fulton County - 54th in State
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