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2012 CRCT Results: More Students Exceeding Standards

ATLANTA – Georgia's 2012 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) results released Thursday show more students are exceeding the standards than last year. Results also showed a one-year improvement in the percentage of students meeting and exceeding on 20 of the 30 content-area tests.

“The best news in the 2012 CRCT report is that more of our students are exceeding the standards,” said State School Superintendent John Barge. “Teachers are doing a great job teaching the more rigorous Georgia Performance Standards and they are to be applauded for raising expectations for all students.”

District-level results will be available no later than June 28. School-level results will be available no later than July 12.

"I am proud about what the state is doing. I am also proud of what our district is doing. We are weathering the storm," said Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree. "We are excited about what our teachers are doing in focusing on educating our children instead of focusing on the negative, and we are seeing the difference and this is it."

In a news release issued Thursday, the State Department of Education reported that Georgia's third- through eighth-grade students showed improvement from 2011 to 2012, exceeding standards on 24 of the 30 Content-Area Tests.

— Grade 3: When comparing 2012 performance to 2011, the percentage of students exceeding the standard in Reading, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies increased by 7, 3, 3, 3, and 4 percentage points, respectively.

— Grade 4: When comparing 2012 performance to 2011, the percentage of students exceeding the standard in Reading, English/Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies increased by 6, 1, 4, and 2 percentage points, respectively. The percentage of students exceeding the standard in Mathematics remained the same.

— Grade 5: When comparing 2012 performance to 2011, the percent of students exceeding the standard in English/Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies increased by 5, 4, and 1 percentage point, respectively. The percentage of students exceeding the standard decreased by 2 points in Reading and 5 points in Mathematics.

— Grade 6: When comparing 2012 performance to 2011, the percent of students exceeding the standard in Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies increased by 6, 2, 4, and 4 percentage points, respectively. The percentage of students exceeding the standard remained the same for English/Language Arts.

— Grade 7: When comparing 2012 performance to 2011, the percent of students exceeding the standard in Reading, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies increased by 3, 5, 6, 6, and 4 percentage points, respectively.

— Grade 8: When comparing 2012 performance to 2011, the percent of students exceeding the standard in Reading, Science, and Social Studies increased by 4, 1, and 3 percentage points, respectively. The percent of students exceeding the standard decreased by 3 percentage points in English/Language Arts, and remained the same in Mathematics.

The state's students showed improvement from 2011 to 2012, meeting or exceeding standards on 20 of the 30 Content-Area Tests

When comparing the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standard, the greatest gains were seen in grade 5 Social Studies (+6 percentage points) and grade 8 Science (+7 percentage points). There were decreases in four areas: grade 3 Science (-2 percentage points), grade 4 Mathematics (-1 percentage point), grade 5 Mathematics (-3 percentage points), and grade 8 Mathematics (-1 percentage point). There were no changes on six tests.

“While I am pleased to see an increase in the majority of the exams, I am concerned about those where we saw decreases or no change at all,” said Barge. “As we begin teaching the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards next school year, we know the curriculum and the tests will be more difficult, so we must continue to focus on successfully implementing the new standards."

Comments

waltspecht 2 years, 6 months ago

Now if someone can figure out what was done to make this positive change, and how it can be continued to be done until the education system in this country is once again one of the top five in the World.

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ugonelearn 2 years, 6 months ago

The education system in the United States was at the top before standardized testing became such a focus and will not get to that point again until the focus is placed back on learning instruction and parental and community support. Not how well someone performs on a test on a particular day.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 6 months ago

See what can be done if they are being taught properly. This alone should help make the decision to fire those who cheated because the cost is too great not too.

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