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State releases school CRCT results

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.

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.

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bigbob 1 year, 9 months ago

Going to chANGE testing, MLK grades will be the stantard to passing so as we are not pregidist. LOL

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waltspecht 1 year, 9 months ago

What some fail to realize, the CRCT is the base line. This is what students in this grade should be. It doesn't mean they are excelling by getting over a 90, it means they are making average. This isn't a Weighted or Bell Cruve. Simply put it means these students have been taught, and understand what the average student in that class is supposed to have been taught. If the teaching were 100% successful, over 80% of the students should score 100% on the test. That is something that certainly doesent seem to be happening. Yet, don't we pay the Administrators to assure it happens, and we are getting a good return on our investment?

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Kyndelljames 1 year, 9 months ago

Terry, I am a parent of a third grade student at Lamar Reese Elementary School. I also respect your journalism abilities, however, I was taken aback due to the fact that you did not make mention of the fine job the third grade students at this school did. Unless the teachers weren't truthful in announcing their achievements, the third grade as a whole scored over 90% in all subject areas. Don't you think that is worth mentioning especially since this is a title I school in which students are not economically advantaged?

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Kyndelljames 1 year, 9 months ago

Where are Lee County's worst scores...because I know they have some!

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sogalakesue 1 year, 9 months ago

The article said "Lee County schools posted solid numbers across the board". Why are people in Albany and Dougherty County so jealous of Lee County's continued success?

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Kyndelljames 1 year, 9 months ago

it was just a curiosity notion. No Lee County has it's share of mishaps they just keep things under the rug.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Although I didn't know him personally, I don't think Dr. King would want his name associated with such abysmal results.

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DebBruner 1 year, 9 months ago

Here is a link to check all schools in the state http://www.ajc.com/news/2012-georgia-crct-results-1476281.html .. Lamar Reese did very well.. FYI.. Lee Co.. Highest was 98.4 and lowest was 73.4... Lee County does have it's problems, as do all schools, but it has never had them in the magnitude of DoCo.

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dmyers80 1 year, 9 months ago

hey DebBruner... thanks for the link. I was able to see the results for my kids school. Its good to know how the school did as a whole.

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NUMBER1FAN 1 year, 9 months ago

As a parent of children in the DCSS, I really wish the the Herald would report unbiasedly. Just report the facts, you celebrate certain schools' victories but fail to mention that other schools did very well also. Not to diminish the wonderful job that Robert Cross Teachers and Students did but if you want to report scores report all the schools' scores and stop your personal celebrations of certain schools. And why was it important to mention LEE Co when there are schools right here in Dougherty County that did better but you failed to mention their names, I did Look at the scores. CONGRATULATIONS ! To all those Teachers and Students who did well on these tests, because it is not easy to teach or learn in some of the circumstances you have to be in everyday!!!

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