The Henry County School System beat Georgia in every subject in every grade in percentages of students meeting or exceeding standards on the 2013 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.
The CRCT measures how well students in grades three through eight are learning reading, English/language arts, math, science and social studies.
School Superintendent Ethan Hildreth, Ph.D., said in a statement more students met or exceeded standards than last year, closing the gap between current levels and the system goal of 100 percent.
“Our continued efforts strengthen our commitment to this goal as we ensure students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in school and life after high school,” he said.
Reading achievement was greatest across the board, with Henry students registering 95.2 to 98.7 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards, except in fifth grade in which English language arts, which include writing, showed a slight edge.
English language arts results ranged from 92 percent of third-graders to 97 percent of fifth-graders meeting or exceeding standards.
By law, students in grades 3, 5 and 8 must meet or exceed reading standards to be promoted to the next grade.
For Henry, less than 5 percent of third-graders will be candidates for remediation and retention, compared to 8 percent statewide.
Grade 5 and 8 students also have to meet or exceed standards in math.
Math results show less than 7 percent of Henry fifth-graders and slightly more than 15 percent of eighth-graders will require extra study or be left back, compared to 11 and 17 percent for the state, respectively.
Science scores spiked for both county and state in the seventh grade, posting percentages of 87.4 and 85.2, respectively, bookended by mid-70s percentages in sixth and eighth grades.
In social studies, 81.7 to 88.8 percent of Henry testers met or exceeded standards, compared to a statewide range of 77.5 to 83.4.
State Superintendent John Barge said in a statement the 2014-15 school year will be more challenging due to new federal criteria, which will change the cut score, or number of questions a student has to get correct to meet the standards.
“The new cut scores will likely result in fewer students meeting and/or exceeding standards,” he said, “but that is common when you change to a new and more rigorous test.”
School-level results will be released by July 10.