The Criterion-Referenced Competency Test measures how well Georgia students in grades three through eight are learning reading, English / language arts, math, science and social studies.
Douglas County school officials saw slight decreases in the percentages meeting or exceeding standards in third-grade English / language arts and seventh-grade math. However, officials also saw big increases in the same groups in fourth-, fifth- and eight-grade math, and eighth-grade reading.
Douglas County Schools Superintendent Gordon Pritz said system administrators overall “are pleased with the results.”
“We continue to see steady and consistent improvement, year to year, in a great majority of the tested areas,” he said.
Douglas students compare “favorably” with the state averages and “more importantly” are increasing their percentages scoring in the “meets and exceeds” categories, he said.
At the middle school level, Douglas County students outperformed or equaled the state average in eight of 15 areas – the 15 areas being the three grade levels times five subjects, he noted.
At the elementary level Douglas County students outperformed or equaled the state average in 12 of 15 areas.
“I feel this is a great deal due to the leadership of our administrators, hard work of our teachers, focus of our students and parents, and important district initiatives we have implemented over the last several years,” Pritz said.
However, he said “we are always looking for improvement” and noted system officials will focus on improving Douglas students’ results in math, science and social studies.
The percentage of Douglas County middle school students meeting or exceeding standards was equal or below middle schoolers statewide in math, science and social studies.
“Math is a struggle across the state,” Pritz said.
State School Superintendent John Barge said in a prepared release new federal criteria will make the 2014-15 academic year more challenging.
State officials then will change the “cut score,” the number of questions a student must get correct to meet the standards, Barge said.