“The best news in the 2012 CRCT report is that more of our students are exceeding the standards,” said State School Superintendent John Barge, who is from Floyd County. “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.”
The greatest gains in the statewide percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standard were seen in fifth grade social studies (up 6 percentage points) and eighth grade science (up 7 percentage points).
There were four areas that saw decreases, including third grade science (down 2 percentage points), fourth grade math (down 1 percentage point), fifth grade math (down 3 percentage points) and eighth grade math (down 1 percentage point).
There were no changes on six tests.
More Rome Middle seventh-graders exceeded the standard in every category in 2012. The largest improvement was in math, jumping from 39 percent last year to 52.5 percent this year.
“I am very pleased with our Criterion Referenced Competency Tests results for 2012,” said Rome Superintendent Gayland Cooper. “Our teachers focused on each child’s learning needs. The 2012 data for grade 3-8 suggests that more of our students are moving from ‘meeting the standard’ to ‘exceeds the standards’ on the assessment results when compared to the 2011 data.”
Cooper also noted that in the seventh and eighth grades, Rome Middle student scores were much higher than the state averages in all subjects.
“Our students and teachers are to be commended,” said Cooper. “I am very proud of them.”
In third grade, Elm Street Elementary, Southeast Elementary and Main Elementary posted higher percentages of students not meeting the standard in reading, but Cooper pointed out that the longer students remain with the system, the better they do.
For Floyd County Schools, one of the largest improvements in fourth grade English Language Arts was at Model Elementary, where 30 percent more students exceeded the standard, increasing to 45.3 percent this year from 15.3 percent last year.
In fifth grade, only one school in the system, Cave Spring Elementary, met the state average of 24 percent for students who exceeded the standard for social studies. The school came in at 24.4 percent of students exceeding, up from 19.5 percent the previous year.
Across the board in both systems, most schools increased their numbers of students who met or exceeded the standards of the tests.