State and district CRCT scores released
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Jun 26, 2013 | 905 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students in Georgia’s elementary and middle schools improved performance on the majority of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests taken this year, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

“Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category,” State School Superintendent John Barge said in a press release. “This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning.”

The 2013 CRCT results show a one-year improvement in the percentage of students meeting and exceeding on 18 of the 30 content-area tests, no change on seven tests and decreases on five tests. Further, students saw increases in the “exceeds performance” rating on 24 of the 30 content areas.

Exceeding the standards: one-year improvement on 24 of the 30 content-area tests

• Third grade: When comparing 2013 performance to 2012, the percent of students exceeding the standard in reading increased by 4 percentage points and in social studies by 3 percentage points. The percentage of students exceeding the standard decreased by 3 points in English language arts and 4 points in science. It remained the same in mathematics.

• Fourth grade: When comparing 2013 performance to 2012, the percent of students exceeding the standard increased in all content areas. The percent of students exceeding the standard in reading, English language arts, mathematics, science and social Studies increased by 5, 3, 3, 1 and 2 percentage points, respectively.

• Fifth grade: When comparing 2013 performance to 2012, the percent of students exceeding the standard in reading, mathematics and social studies increased by 3, 10 and 1 percentage point, respectively. The percentage of students exceeding the standard decreased by 1 point in English/language arts and 2 points in science.

• Sixth grade: When comparing 2013 performance to 2012, the percent of students exceeding the standard increased in all content areas. The percent of students exceeding the standard in reading, English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies increased by 5, 3, 5, 2 and 4 percentage points, respectively.

• Seventh grade: When comparing 2013 performance to 2012, the percent of students exceeding the standard in reading, English language arts, science and social studies increased by 7, 1, 1 and 3 percentage points, respectively. The percentage of students exceeding the standard decreased by 5 points in mathematics.

• Eighth grade: When comparing 2013 performance to 2012, the percent of students exceeding the standard increased in all content areas. The percent of students exceeding the standard in reading, English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies increased by 4, 3, 5, 1 and 3 percentage points, respectively.

Meets and exceeds the standards: one-year improvement on 18 of the 30 content-area tests

When comparing the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standard, the greatest gains were seen in fifth-grade mathematics (plus-6 percentage points), sixth-grade social studies (plus-5 percentage points), seventh-grade social studies (plus-5 percentage points) and eighth-grade mathematics (plus-6 percentage points). There were decreases in five areas: third-grade English language arts (minus-3 percentage points), third-grade mathematics (minus-3 percentage points), fourth-grade English language arts (minus-1 percentage point), seventh-grade mathematics (minus-1 percentage point), and eighth-grade English language arts (minus-1 percentage point). There were no changes on seven tests.

Promotion/retention

State law requires that students in third, fifth and eighth grade meet or exceed expectations on the CRCT in reading in order to be promoted. Fifth- and eighth-grade students must also meet or exceed expectations on the CRCT in mathematics

Georgia, along with all other states, will soon be required to significantly increase the rigor and cut scores of all state assessments.

“We’re pleased with the performance on the 2013 CRCTs, but we know that as new federal criteria for state tests come into play in 2014-15, the expectations to meet standards will significantly increase,” Barge said. “The new cut scores will likely result in fewer students meeting and/or exceeding standards, but that is common when you change to a new and more rigorous test.”

To view grade level scores in each category for both Bartow County and Cartersville, visit http://tinyurl.com/qg5l6yl. Individual school results should be available no later than July 10, according to the GaDOE.