State CRCT scores improve from last year

ATLANTA -- Following Wednesday's release of state-level results from the spring Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, or CRCT, local school systems across Georgia are hoping for good results when the scores are released later this summer.

Georgia Department of Education officials said Wednesday the state results show a one-year improvement on 25 of 34 content areas. Three areas -- second-grade reading, second-grade English/language arts and first-grade math -- were lower this year, compared to last year's results.

"These results provide further evidence that our teachers are doing a great job implementing the Georgia Performance Standards and they are to be commended for their hard work," State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox said in a release from the GaDOE. "It also shows that when you raise expectations, Georgia students will rise up and meet that higher bar."

Although students had already received their individual CRCT results, local school systems and the state have not yet released calculations from each school and each system as a whole. Although individual schools and systems may have calculated their own scores, the state expects to release system-level results by June 23 and school-level results by July 8, according to the GaDOE. Adequate yearly progress scores typically also are released in July.

Cox said state-level highlights include: The pass rate for eighth-grade math was 74 percent, an increase of four points in one year and 12 points since GPS implementation in 2008; 80 percent of students in seventh-grade science passed, a one-year increase of four points and an increase of 17 points since GPS implementation in 2006; 90 percent of students in fifth-grade reading passed, a one-year increase of two points and an increase of nine points since GPS implementation in 2006; and the pass rate for eighth-grade social studies was 70 percent, an increase of seven points in one year and 11 points since GPS implementation in 2008.

Although students in grades one through eight test in reading, math, science, social studies and English/language arts, students in third, fifth and eighth grades must meet or exceed standards in reading and fifth- and eighth-grade students also must meet or exceed the standards in math or pass the test over the summer in order to be promoted to the next grade level.

The test also counts towards a school's and school systems' Adequate Yearly Progress, which determines if it is on the state's Needs Improvement list under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

More information about the CRCT is available on the GaDOE Web site, www.gadoe.org, where system-level and school-level results will be released.