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State's eighth-graders fare better on CRCT
by Staff Reports
June 12, 2014 10:59 AM | 3904 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The percentage of Georgia’s eighth-graders exceeding standards in all content-area Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) increased this year, including an 8 percent increase in reading, the Georgia Department of Education announced last week in a news release.

 Eighth-graders showed 2 percent increase in English language arts, a 3 percent increase in mathematics, a 3 percent increase in science, and a 2 percent increase in social studies.

Students in Georgia’s elementary and middle schools secured gains, as measured by the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standards, on 14 of 30 content-area CRCTs taken this year. Eight areas showed no change, while another eight areas showed decreases. Reductions ranged from 1 to 2 percent while increases ranged from 1 to 4 to percent. No decreases were experienced on reading tests: grades four five and six saw gains, while grades three, seven and eight stayed the same.

Students took the CRCT for the last time this year. Beginning next year, all students in grades three through eight will take the Georgia Milestones. The new testing system is one consistent program across grades three through 12, rather than a series of individual tests. It will include open-ended questions to better gauge students’ content mastery and, with some exceptions for special education students with specific testing accommodations, will be administered entirely online by the fifth year of implementation.

District- and school-level CRCT scores are expected to be released June 26 and July 10, respectively.


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