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State CRCT pass rates up

ATLANTA --Local school systems are waiting to see if results for the 2012 CRCT are in line with state figures.

The Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday that more students are exceeding standards on the 2012 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests than last year, according to state-level results.

Scores show that there has been improvement in the percentage of students meeting and exceeding standards on 20 of the 30 content-area tests overall in Georgia.

"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," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge in a press release.

Highlights of this year's results include:

• The percentage of students in third grade exceeding standards in reading, English language arts, math, science and social studies increased between three and seven percentage points, compared to last year's results.

• Fifth-grade students increased between one and five points in English language arts, science and social studies and two and five points in reading and math, respetively.

• Eighth-grade students increased between one and four points in reading, science, social studies and English language arts.

"While I am pleased to see an increase in the majority of the exams, I am concerned about those where we saw decreases or no change at all," Barge said. "As we begin teaching the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards next school year, we know the curriculum and the tests will be more difficult, so we must continue to focus on successfully implementing the new standards. We have been offering, and will continue to offer, teachers the necessary professional development to ensure they are equipped to deliver these new, more rigorous standards and to prepare our students for the next step."

Although students in grades one through eight may be tested on the CRCT in reading, math, science, social studies and English language arts, students in third, fifth and eighth grades must meet or exceed standards on the CRCT in reading in order to be promoted to the next grade level. Fifth and eighth grade students must also meet or exceed expectations on the CRCT in mathematics.

System-level results are expected to be available no later than June 28, and school-level results should be available no later than July 12, according to the GaDOE.

More information about the CRCT is available on the GaDOE website, www.gadoe.org.