NOTE: At this point, school systems across Georgia have received student-level results only. Some districts may have calculated local results using this data, but many have not. The Georgia Department of Education will make local results available on the following dates:
System-level results will be available no later than June 22.
School-level results will be available no later than July 6.
Student results on the 2011 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) are up in almost every grade and content area.
The official statewide results of the CRCT were released today and show a one-year improvement on 23 of the 30 content-area tests. There was no one-year change on five tests and a decrease on only two tests (grade 4 reading and grade 6 English/Language Arts).
"I am encouraged that the CRCT results show many more of our students mastering a more rigorous curriculum," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "The credit for these tremendous results goes back to the local level, where they have raised the bar for all students."
Superintendent Barge also added, "While I would like to be talking about these results from a more national perspective, we can't use these results to show how our students are performing compared to students from across the country. With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the subsequent Common Assessments, that comparison will soon become possible."
Among the highlights of the 2011 CRCT report:
- Reading, grade 5: Ninety-one (91) percent of students passed the reading CRCT, a one-year increase of one point, and a one-year increase of 10 points in the number of students exceeding the standard.
- Reading, grade 8: Ninety-six (96) percent of students passed the reading CRCT, a one-year increase of one point and an increase of seven points since GPS implementation (2006).
- Mathematics, grade 7: The pass rate was 89 percent, an increase of four points in one year and 15 points since GPS implementation (2007).
- Mathematics, grade 8: The pass rate was 78 percent, an increase of four points in one year and 16 points since GPS implementation (2008).
- Science, grade 3: The percentage of students exceeding the standard increased six points in one year.
- Social Studies, grade 6: The pass rate was 72 percent, an increase of eight points in one year.
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.
In the 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade "gateway" years, more students than ever before are meeting and exceeding standards on the first attempt.
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