Coweta schools surpass state on CRCTs

Results are in for the recent CRCT exams, and the Coweta County School System did well overall.

Coweta schools outperformed the state of Georgia overall on all grades and subjects tested by the Georgia Criterion Reference Competency Test (CRCT) in 2013, said schools spokesman Dean Jackson.

The CRCT measures student mastery of the state of Georgia’s basic curriculum in the subjects of reading, English/language arts, math, science and social studies in grades 3 through 8. In all, the 2013 CRCT covers 30 areas (five subjects tested in six grades).

2013 CRCT results released by the Georgia Department of Education on Tuesday show Coweta County students met or exceeded the standards at a higher rate than the state of Georgia as a whole in all 30 areas covered by the test.

The results also show that Coweta County students improved performance in several grades and subjects in the last year, with the passage rates of Coweta County students increasing in 21 of the 30 areas tested, and the percentage of students exceeding the standards increasing in 24 of the 30 areas tested.

“I am proud of our teachers and students and the efforts they make every day,” said Coweta County Superintendent Steve Barker. “Our students are performing at high rates, and our schools are improving performance, even during some very difficult budgetary times.

“We will continue to strive for improvement,” said Barker.

Coweta schools outperformed the state by 8 percentage points in 8th grade math (with 91 percent meeting or exceeding standards compared to 83 percent in Georgia as a whole).

Coweta students also did well in their performance on CRCT science exams and social studies exams compared to their state counterparts.

Coweta schools outperformed the state by 7 percentage points in 6th grade science (with 81 percent meeting or exceeding standards compared to 74 percent in Georgia as a whole) and 10 percent in 8th grade science (with 84 percent meeting or exceeding standards compared to 74 percent in Georgia as a whole).

Coweta schools outperformed the state by 8 percentage points in 6th grade social studies (with 86 percent meeting or exceeding standards compared to 78 percent in Georgia as a whole) and 8 percent in 8th grade social studies (with 86 percent meeting or exceeding standards compared to 78 percent in Georgia as a whole).

Coweta’s overall CRCT test performance in 2013 improved in 21 of 30 areas over 2012 performance.

For example, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding 5th grade math test increased by 10 points, to 93 percent of students. The percentage of students meeting or exceeding 6th and 8th grade math standards increased by 6 points each on both tests in 2013, to 81 percent and 85 percent of students, respectively.

The CRCT also gauges whether students meet or exceed the standards being tested, based on grade level expectations. A higher percentage of Coweta students exceeded expectations during the 2013 administration of the CRCT exams, with increases in the percentages of students exceeding standards in 24 of the 30 areas tested.

For example, while 98 percent of Coweta 8th graders met reading standards overall in 2013, 53 percent of 8th graders actually exceeded the standards on the exam. That is an increase of 8 percentage points over 2012, when 45 percent of 8th graders exceeded the standards.

“That more students are moving into performance that exceeds standards reflects a lot of hard work on the part of both students and teachers,” said Barker.

The Criterion Reference Competency Test is given to Georgia students in the spring of each school year. The CRCT is designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in state curriculum. The assessments yield information on academic achievement at the student, class, school, system, and state levels. This information is used to diagnose individual student strengths and weaknesses as related to instruction and to gauge the quality of education throughout Georgia.




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