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Test Scores Are in for Brookhaven Schools

The state has released CRCT scores. Here is how three Brookhaven schools fared.


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.   

The results just released from the state include scores from third, fourth and fifth grades at Dresden, Woodward and Ashford Park elementary schools. 

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

School

Reading

English/Language Arts

Math

Science

Social Studies

Dresden

90.9

82.8

79.9

65.2

54.8

Woodward

78.1

74.1

63.6

55.4

43.5

Ashford Park

95.0

93.8

83.8

87.7

92.6

 Grade 4 – Met or Exceeded the Standard

School

Reading

English/Language Arts

Math

Science

Social Studies

Dresden

81.4

69.9

67.8

61.7

50.4

Woodward

83.3

84.3

77.8

64.5

48.1

Ashford Park

94.2

92.3

82.7

87.0

87.0

 Grade 5 – Met or Exceeded the Standard

School

Reading

English/Language Arts

Math

Science

Social Studies

Dresden

75.0

84.3

80.4

47.7

32.1

Woodward

73.5

79.5

72.6

40.2

49.4

Ashford Park

90.7

92.6

81.5

75.4

73.7

hmerritt July 13, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Proud of you ashford! Keep it up!
City Yes July 14, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Is there a reason Montgomery Elementary isn't included? It is in Brookhaven and has the best test scores in the region.
HamBurger July 15, 2012 at 03:01 AM
City Yes, Montgomery Elementary is NOT in Brookhaven. However, here is your link to DeKalb County test scores. I know, my children were educated there and no one associated their geographical location with Brookhaven. Actually, they referred to themselves as Dunwoody . . . http://www.ajc.com/news/2012-georgia-crct-results-1476281.html Please pass the yellow mustard!
Manga buba July 15, 2012 at 08:25 PM
It was a valid test

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