ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Standardized test scores plummeted this year in Dougherty County schools where state monitors oversaw testing.
The state placed monitors in eight Dougherty County elementary schools listed in the severe concern category after an audit last year discovered suspiciously high numbers of wrong CRCT answers changed to right answers in an unusually high number of classrooms in those schools.
We crunched the test score numbers released late Thursday, and here's what we found. Out of 168 total testing categories in those schools, the percentage of students who passed dropped in 140 categories. That's 83.3% of the categories.
Many of the drops were drastic. For instance last year, 92% of fourth graders at Jackson Heights Elementary passed the math portion of the CRCT. This year, only 47.7% passed.
The overall passing rate in those eight schools dropped by almost 13 points. The state was not satisfied with the system's investigation into the problem and is still waiting for more information from local school leaders.