Results are in for the CRCT, and while some scores are high at Brookhaven schools, there is also room for improvement.
CRCT stands for Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, which measure how well students in grades 3 through 8 acquire skills and knowledge in key subject areas, such as reading, math and social studies. The assessments are used to determine individual student strengths and weaknesses, as well as the overall quality of education in Georgia.
Across the board, scores were high in reading at the three schools. At least 73 percent of students across all grades met or exceeded the standard in reading. Ashford Park came in highest among the three schools and across all three grades, with 95 percent of third-graders meeting or exceeding the standard in reading. Also, 94.2 percent of fourth-graders and 90.7 percent of fifth-graders at Ashford Park met or exceeded the standard in reading.
In social studies, however, students did not fare so well. Here is a breakdown:
- At Dresden, 45.2 percent of third-graders did not meet the standard in social studies. Another 49.6 percent of fourth-graders did not meet it. And 67.9 percent of fifth-graders did not meet the standard.
- At Woodward, 56.5 percent of third-graders did not meet the standard in social studies. Another 51.9 percent of fourth-graders did not meet it. And 50.6 percent of fifth-graders did not meet the standard.
- Ashford Park fared somewhat better: Only 7.4 percent of third-graders did not meet the standard in social studies. Another 13 percent of fourth-graders did not meet the standard. And 26.3 percent of fifth-graders did not meet it.
When it comes to science, Dresden and Woodward also had lower scores among fifth-graders. Only 47.7 percent of Dresden fifth-grade students met or exceeded the standard in science. And at Woodward, 40.2 percent of fifth-graders met or exceeded it. At Ashford Park, 75.4 percent of students met or exceeded the standard in fifth-grade science.
Statewide, the results showed that more students are exceeding the standards than last year, according to the Georgia Department of Education. 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,” State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a press release. “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.”
Barge acknowledged, though that some districts in Georgia saw decreases or no change at all from last year.
“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,” Barge said. “We have been offering, and will continue to offer, teachers the necessary professional development to ensure they are equipped to deliver these new, more rigorous standards and to prepare our students for the next step.”
Here are percentages of students across the three grades in Brookhaven schools that met or exceeded the standard, by subject:
Grade 3 – Met or Exceeded the Standard
Grade 4 – Met or Exceeded the Standard
Grade 5 – Met or Exceeded the Standard