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June 13, 2005

Albany- All the scores aren't in for Dougherty County, but at least 80 percent of 5th graders passed the Criterion Referenced Competency Test, or CRCT.

But, school officials say there are still 1,500 first through fifth graders who are in summer school because they failed the test. This was the first year that all students had to score at least a 300 in the reading and math section to be promoted to the next grade.

"To me that's a real plus because you've got children doing maybe the closest thing to a year-round school as you could possible have, and that's a good thing. If you have a child needs remediation to have that opportunity for remediation with qualified staff," says superintendent Dr. Sally Whatley.

All elementary school students will be able to take the test again at the end of this month, and school officials say those that don't pass a second time can appeal to their student's teacher and principal.

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