Robert A. Cross Middle Magnet School, located at 324 Lockett Station Road, led the way for the Dougherty County School System with a 100 percent pass rate in reading and English for grades six through eight.
ALBANY, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Education released school-level 2012 Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) results Thursday, and the numbers presented a mixed bag for Dougherty County’s 22 elementary and middle schools.
Each year the tests are administered to every public school student in grades three through eight in five areas — reading, English/language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies.
Robert Cross Middle School led the way for the DCSS, with a 100 percent pass rate in reading and ELA in grades six through eight.
Robert Cross sixth graders also roared through the other areas of the test, scoring 91.5 percent in math, 90.5 in science and 93.5 in social studies. The seventh grade performed even better, notching 98.9 in math, 97.8 in science and 98.4 in social studies.
Lincoln Magnet’s fifth graders were the only other county public school students who scored a 100 percent pass rate on both reading and ELA. Lincoln’s fifth grade scored 96.1 on math, 94.6 on science and 97.7 in social studies.
On the flip side, Martin Luther King Elementary was the system’s lowest performing school. MLK’s third graders passed reading at a 38.5 percent rate, ELA at 49.2, math at 23.1, science at 27.3 and social studies at 26.2. The school’s fourth graders did not fare much better with just 36.7 percent of its students passing the reading portion of the test, 48.3 in ELA, 45 in math, 31.7 in science and 20 in social studies.
MLK’s fifth graders, however, showed a slight uptick in scores, passing 60 percent on reading, 76.3 in ELA, 74.5 in math, 29.3 in science and 23.2 in social studies.
Lee County schools posted solid numbers across the board, led by Lee County Elementary’s third graders, who passed reading at a 98.2 percent clip, ELA at 97.2, math at 95.4, science at 89.7 and 91.5 in social studies.
Begun in 2000 as part of the No Child Left Behind Act, the CRCT tests have been used to measure a school’s Annual Yearly Progress (AYP).
The CRCT, however, will be de-emphasized over the coming years since the state has adopted new standards for measuring progress.