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Newton County schools below state on critical tests

COVINGTON — Students in the Newton County School System only outperformed the state on one level on critical sections of state tests.

Pass averages for this year’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, or CRCT, show that 92.7 percent of fifth-grade students in Newton County passed the reading portion of the test. This is compared to the state’s overall pass average of 91.49 percent, according to results released by the Georgia Department of Education on Thursday morning.

Although students in grades three through eight may be tested in reading, math, science, social studies and English/language arts, state law requires that students in third, fifth and eighth grades meet or exceed expectations, or pass the test, on the CRCT in reading in order to be promoted to the next grade level. Fifth and eighth grade students also must pass the math section of the CRCT.

Also in Newton County, 90.3 percent of third-graders passed the reading test and 95.6 percent of eighth-graders passed reading. These are nearly in line with the state pass rate of 90.60 percent of third-graders in reading and 95.91 percent of eighth-graders in reading.

In math, 79.8 percent of Newton County fifth-graders passed the math test, while 70.2 percent of eighth-graders passed. Both of these are below the state’s averages of 83.68 fifth-graders passing the math test and 76.65 percent of eighth-graders passing.

The results are preliminary until final results are released later this year, when summer retest results will be included. Students have the opportunity to retest over the summer and may be promoted to the next grade level after not passing required portions of the CRCT if school-level administration and teachers agree to it in some instances.

NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews reported Thursday that NCSS improved 73 percent, posting higher results than last year in 22 out of 30 possibilities, according to preliminary results.

“We are on the right track,” he said in an e-mail. “Thanks to all of our dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff who make the above improvements possible. And, while we have areas wherein we still need to improve, I am confident that we will see the improvement.”

Mathews reported that NCSS showed gains of three percentage points or better in 13 instances.

The greatest gains were in fourth-grade reading with a 5.3 percentage point increase of pass rates over last year’s scores, fourth-grade English language arts with 5.5 points, fifth-grade reading with 6 points, fifth-grade social studies with 15.3 points, sixth-grade math with 5.1 points, seventh-grade reading with 5 points, seventh-grade science with 5.2 points, seventh-grade social studies with 9.7 points and eighth-grade science with 5 points.

Declines were shown in third-grade science by 3 points and eighth-grade math by 4.6 points.

More students across the state are exceeding standards on the 2012 CRCTs than last year, according to state-level results released earlier this month. 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.

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 Web site, www.gadoe.org.

Comments

Frustrated 1 year, 9 months ago

Well at least we know they can read if not much else

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mgh1966 1 year, 9 months ago

70% in math is not good 97% would be good 99.999% would be great. Small gains is not good its time for real change.

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mgh1966 1 year, 9 months ago

what each schools results. you got the numbers lets see the good with bad.

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Frustrated 1 year, 9 months ago

If some of you would like to know what the real problem is take a look at some of the kids Facebook pages. There is some very interesting reading there. Seems as though we have several "gangs" running rampant in Newton County Schools.

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mgh1966 1 year, 9 months ago

Same Problem in rockdale but they do better than us. what is differant--Newton County Schools has a lack of a true leader it is time for a change.

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Gafan4life 1 year, 9 months ago

One would think that if someone was making negative comments about the state of Newton's student's academic performance, one would use correct capitalization, punctuation and spelling. "Problem"--"rockdale"---"what"--"differant". My second graders can write better!

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mgh1966 1 year, 9 months ago

Educaded in newton county and UGA sorry

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Billy 1 year, 9 months ago

LOL, that's right, let's concentrate on non-issues like spelling, grammar, etc. In fact, let's concentrate on lawsuits--anything but the issue at hand. If you don't like what you read, don't read it...

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henrystamm 1 year, 9 months ago

Our Problem is that we vote in refugees from Atlanta, Fulton, Clayton and DeKalb County. They screwed up there and now our kids.

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John 1 year, 9 months ago

IT IS MORE THAN LEADERSHIP - IT IS PARENT INVOLVEMENT, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS (NOT ALL BUT ENOUGH TO MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO TEACH) THAT THINK THEIR MISSION IN LIFE IS TO BE DISRUPTIVE IN CLASS.

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mgh1966 1 year, 9 months ago

when the LEADERSHIP does not respect the children or the parents it will never work. Respect and trust must be regained by the leadership 1st. The good parents will be there as a parent that went to every parent teacher conf and to events at the school and gave up my own time to help with programs and always stayed in contact with the teachers. It has been my personal exp that in high school you wanted my money you did not want to hear from me and when things fell apart you wanted the parents to bail you out. It is a partnership and if one of the partners is not willing to there part it will not work the past few years the leadership has not been there in the schools leaving parents and good teachers throwing there hands up in discuss. Leadership Starts at the BOE and the super. and it is not any where to be found.

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Frustrated 1 year, 9 months ago

you cant gain respect from someone that has not been taught to respect leadership AND adults at home. It has to begin when the children are young and taught values at home by the parents.

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mgh1966 1 year, 9 months ago

thats true but when the leadership shows no respect for the childern than all is lost. parents have to do there part but NCSS leaders are not doing theirs all i see them doing in the past year is be part of the problem not the soultion. Look at Rockdale same problems but leaders work as a unit to solve them and test scores are higher than state avg. WE do not work togeather and we are below state avg same problems with 2 differant out comes. It starts at the top.

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dustinketchem 1 year, 9 months ago

Are you serious? These people should have your respect and trust from day one. If you dont.. send your kids somewhere else. Its the parents who are the problem. Stop making excuses for your kids. Its time that people step up and help the schools instead of fight against them.

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Satan69 1 year, 9 months ago

@UGA hey you should go watch the tapes the board members in Newton speak like thugs the grammar is a crime itself can you imagine how they add numbers?  No wonder the budget for transportation was way way over

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mgh1966 1 year, 9 months ago

I have been there and I have watched the tapes. the chair is not a person that I want to be there. I live in the 2nd dist he is one of 10 in leadership that is the problem. as a voter in the 2nd dist I will not vote for him. But he is not the only one that needs to go both elected and employees It is time the system hit the reset button, it seems the system wants to stay behind rockdale they should want to be the best in the country and a model for everyone. When leaders say we are just behind Rockdale in scores they are saying we are the best we can be. We need leaders to lift the system up not just as good as rockdale

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thatguy 1 year, 9 months ago

I suppose that is why so many parents choose to send their kids to Rockdale and Henry schools illegally rather than sending their children to Newton.

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Billy 1 year, 9 months ago

Yes, yes, parents are needed, but does that excuse the teachers and school admins? No, it does not. Granted, there should be a school for problem children where discipline is imposed. Thugs, gangs, and disruptive class clowns should be in a separate school. Maybe there's so many of them that Alcovy serves this purpose. Children that maintain high grades or good behavior should be allowed to go to another school in the public system if that's the case. God out, crap in. Sure which you people could make the connection. As is is, you can't, so the system suffers, and it's product is sub-par. How's my English, GaFan?

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John 1 year, 9 months ago

"God out, crap in ........As is is, you can't, so the system suffers, and" Seems to me you forgot to proof this portion of your comments. Your English "ain't no good here".

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mgh1966 1 year, 9 months ago

Yes John I have worked in the schools donated money to programs and been active in my childs education. that why my child has the Zell Miller Part of hope. I would hope all parents would do the same but that is not the case. But the admin. this year has disrespted the parents and the students also it is disrepestful to go on a junkit on the tax payers dime and come back and cut teachers pay. The problem is in the central office. I have met a lot of good teachers and a couple of bad ones. Teachers are not the problem it is the admin. of the system test scores are lower than Rockdale same teachers same parents same students differant type of leadership. Bring back DR W.

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