From staff reports
MILLEDGEVILLE — Students within the Baldwin County public school system in grades six through eight exceeded the standards compared to the state’s CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests) average in the content area of English language arts while also excelling in other subject areas compared to the state.
Based on the 2013 CRCT results released last week, students in Georgia’s elementary and middle schools improved performance on the majority of the CRCT taken this year. 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. Student results also saw increases in the “exceeds performance” rating on 24 of the 30 content areas.
Baldwin County students in grade three fell right behind the state’s average in each content area, 3 percentage points away from meeting Georgia’s average in reading, 4.3 percent in English language arts, 5.7 percent in math, 4 percent in science and 1.9 percent in social studies.
When comparing the percentage of Baldwin County students meeting or exceeding the standard to the state’s average, the greatest gains were seen in grade six English language arts (2.8 percentage points), grade eight English language arts (1.4 percentage points), grade seven math (1.2 percentage points), grade seven science (1.1 percentage points), grade six reading (1 percentage point), grade eight reading (1 percentage point) and grade seven English language arts (0.4 percentage point).
“Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge in a press release. “This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning.”
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. Due to budgetary constraints, the CRCT in first and second were not administered in the 2012-2013 school year.
“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.”
School-level CRCT results for every Baldwin County school as well as schools across the remainder of the state are expected to be available no later than July 10.
To view the results in detail, visit the Georgia Department of Education website at www.gadoe.org.
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