August 29, 2002
The status of two Dougherty County schools on the "No Child Left Behind" list could be upgraded next year. The latest test scores reveal Jackson Heights Elementary and Radium Springs Elementary are improving. The Criterion Referenced Competency Test scores are in for the fourth grade, and they indicate that education reforms appear to be making headway at the elementary level.
The C.R.C.T. scores are coming in, and the scores for fourth graders are up. Superintendent Sally Whatley says, "Our overall composite score improved in reading and math and with 80 percent of our children meeting or exceeding reading standards, I couldn't be more pleased."
80 percent of fourth graders in Dougherty County are meeting or exceeding state standards in reading, 77 percent in Language Arts, and 63 percent in math. But, the reading scores are above the state average, and School Superintendent Sally Whatley says improving reading scores has been the focus for several years. Whatley says, "Our teachers, parents said students not reading. If you can't read you can't succeed."
And, according to these test scores, Dr. Whatley says two schools targeted by the federal government for the "No Child Left Behind" improvements should not be on the list this year. Whatley says, "I had two schools that had we had the data in a more timely manner, Radium Springs and Jackson Heights, would not be on the list because they have made extraordinary progress." But, they are on the list because the state measured schools based on the 2001 scores. But, Dr. Whatley thinks these new scores will force some changes next year.
The fourth grade scores show a five point improvement in math and a ten point improvement in reading. The Language Arts score remained unchanged.
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