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DCSS 2013 CRCT scores show improvement over last year

ALBANY, Ga. -- Dougherty County School System eighth grade Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) math results climbed by an average of 20 percent over last year's scores, according to numbers recently released by the Georgia Department of Education.

As with the annual End of Course Test results released on Wednesday, the 2013 CRCT scores showed DCSS third through eighth graders making modest improvement overall, but still trailing the state average in performance.

The brightest spot for the system was that 79 percent of the system's eighth graders met or exceeded math standards in 2013 compared to 59 percent in 2012. All six middle schools showed improved performance.

  • Albany Middle showed the largest increase, jumping from 35 percent from 41 percent last year to 79 percent in 2013
  • Dougherty Middle improved 29 percent from 48 percent in 2012 to 77 percent in 2013.
  • Robert Cross Middle saw a 25 percent gain, going from 72 percent in 2012 to 97 percent in 2013.
  • Southside showed a 16 percent increase, rising from 60 percent in 2012 to 76 percent in 2013.
  • Radium Middle rose 13 percent from 62 percent last year to 76 percent in 2013.
  • Merry Acres saw a nine percent increase from 67 percent to in 2012 to 76 percent in 2013.

Statewide, eighth graders showed a six percent improvement in math from 2012, going from 77 percent to 83 percent.

The students were tested in five subject areas -- Reading, English/Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

In an interview Wednesday, Dougherty County School Testing coordinator Renee Bridges attributed the improved math scores to extra emphasis by the district.

"Our math supervisors worked really hard to make sure our teachers understood the math concepts," DCSS Testing Supervisor Renee Bridges said. "We brought in experts for professional development and stressed teaching to standards."

Other CRCT results for the system (meeting or exceeds standards):

Third grade:

  • Reading scores improved five percent from 79 percent to 84 percent. The state average is 92 percent
  • E/LA scores fell three percent from 85 percent to 82 percent. The state average is 88 percent
  • Math scores rose two percent from 71 percent to 73 percent. The state average is 79 percent.
  • Science scores remained the same as last year at 66 percent. The state average is 78 percent.
  • Social Studies Scores rose two percent from 71 percent to 73 percent. The state average is 83 percent.

Fourth Grade:

  • Reading scores rose six percent from 79 percent to 85 percent. The state average is 93 percent.
  • E/LA scores fell two percent from 83 percent to 81 percent. The state average is 90 percent.
  • Math scores rose six percent from 71 percent to 77 percent. The state average is 84 percent.
  • Science scores remain unchanged from last year at 71 percent. The state average is 83 percent.
  • Social Studies scores rose one percent from 67 percent to 68 percent. The state average is 81 percent.

Fifth Grade:

  • Reading scores rose two percent from 84 percent to 86 percent. The state average is 93 percent.
  • E/LA scores rose one percent from 91 percent to 92 percent. The state average is 94 percent.
  • Math scores rose eight percent from 80 percent to 88 percent. The state average is 90 percent.
  • Science scores rose five percent from 71 percent to 76 percent. The state average is 80 percent.
  • Social Studies scores rose six percent from 68 percent to 74 percent. The state average is 81 percent.

Sixth Grade:

  • Reading scores fell by two percent from 93 percent to 91 percent. The state average is 96 percent.
  • E/LA scores fell from 90 percent to 89 percent. The state average is 92 percent.
  • Math scores rose one percent from 74 percent to 75 percent. The state average is 83 percent.
  • Science scores rose two percent from 57 percent to 59 percent. The state average is 74 percent.
  • Social Studies rose eight percent from 55 percent to 63 percent. The state average is 78 percent.

Seventh Grade:

  • Reading scores rose one percent from 91 percent to 92 percent. The state average is 95 percent.
  • E/LA scores remained unchanged at 92 percent. The state average is 93 percent.
  • Math scores dropped four percent from 90 to 86. The state average is 90.
  • Science scores dropped one percent from 82 to 81. The state average is 85
  • Social Studies scores rose four percent from 75 to 79 percent. The state average is 83 percent.

Eighth Grade:

  • Reading scores rose four percent from 91 percent to 95 percent. The state average is 97 percent.
  • E/LA scores remained unchanged at 93 percent. The state average is 94 percent.
  • Math scores rose 20 percent from 59 percent to 79 percent. The state average is 83 percent.
  • Science scores rose nine percent from 57 percent to 66 percent. The state average is 74 percent.
  • Social Studies scores rose eight percent from 60 percent to 68 percent. The state average is 78 percent.