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Georgia students show uptick in ’13 CRCT scores

ATLANTA — Students in Georgia’s elementary and middle schools improved performance on the majority of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) taken this year.

The 2013 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) 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. Further, students saw increases in the “exceeds performance” rating on 24 of the 30 content areas.

“Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category,” State School Superintendent John Barge said. “This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning.”

School level results are to be available by July 10,

Exceeding the Standards: One Year Improvement on 24 of the 30 Content-Area Tests

Grade 3: When comparing 2013 performance to 2012, the percent of students exceeding the standard in reading increased by 4 percentage points and in social studies by 3 percentage points. The percentage of students exceeding the standard decreased by 3 points in English language arts and 4 points in science. It remained the same in mathematics.

Grade 4: Comparing 2013 to 2012, the percentage of students exceeding the standard increased in all content areas. The percent of students exceeding the standard in reading, English language arts, mathematics, science and social Studies increased by 5, 3, 3, 1, and 2 percentage points, respectively.

Grade 5: The percent of students exceeding the standard in reading, mathematics and social studies increased by 3, 10 and 1 percentage points, respectively, this year. The percentage of students exceeding the standard decreased by 1 point in English/language arts and 2 points in science.

Grade 6: The percentage of students exceeding the standard increased in all content areas over 2012. The percentage of students exceeding the standard in reading, English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies increased by 5, 3, 5, 2, and 4 percentage points, respectively.

Grade 7: The percentage of students exceeding the standard in reading, English language arts, science and social studies in 2013 increased by 7, 1, 1, and 3 percentage points, respectively. The percentage of students exceeding the standard decreased by 5 points in mathematics in 2013 compared to 2012.

Grade 8: When comparing 2013 performance to 2012, the percent of students exceeding the standard increased in all content areas. The percent of students exceeding the standard in reading, English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies increased by 4, 3, 5, 1, and 3 percentage points, respectively.

Meets and Exceeds the Standards: One Year Improvement on 18 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 mathematics (+6 percentage points), grade 6 social studies (+5 percentage points), grade 7 social studies (+5 percentage points) and grade 8 mathematics (+6 percentage points). There were decreases in five areas: grade 3 English language arts (-3 percentage points), grade 3 mathematics (-3 percentage points), grade 4 English language arts (-1 percentage point), grade 7 mathematics (-1 percentage point), and grade 8 English language arts (-1 percentage point). There were no changes on seven tests.

Promotion/Retention: 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

Georgia, along with all other states, will soon be required to significantly increase the rigor and cut scores of all state assessments.

“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.”