The state released encouraging statewide CRCT results today with system and school results coming later.
Please note in the release below John Barge’s comment on how Georgia will be able to compare its student performance to other states once we move to Common Core and its companion testing. I assume that we will see a phase-out of the CRCT and a move to the new test series being developed by a consortium of states, including Georgia.
Also notable is the rise in math scores in fifth and eighth grades. Statewide, 87 percent of Georgia’s fifth graders passed the CRCT for math this year, compared to 82 percent last year. The passing rate on eighth grade math jumped four percent, to 78 percent.
I have been reading teacher comments on this blog long enough to wonder about these basic questions about the CRCT: What does CRCT performance tell us about our students? A testing expert once told me that states have to do a better job showing parents what a score means for their child, not just in the present but in the future. And most states, he said, have no idea what their state exam scores say about a child’s future.
Do kids with certain scores on the CRCT in middle school perform better on the state’s End of Course Tests in high school? Do high CRCTs align with high school or college readiness?
Does a low score mean the child didn’t learn the material well or the school didn’t teach it well?
Student results on the 2011 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) are up in almost every grade and content area.
The official statewide results of the CRCT were released today and show a one-year improvement on 23 of the 30 content-area tests. There was no one-year change on five tests and a decrease on only two tests (grade 4 reading and grade 6 English/Language Arts).
“I am encouraged that the CRCT results show many more of our students mastering a more rigorous curriculum,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. “The credit for these tremendous results goes back to the local level, where they have raised the bar for all students.”
Superintendent Barge also added, “While I would like to be talking about these results from a more national perspective, we can’t use these results to show how our students are performing compared to students from across the country. With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the subsequent Common Assessments, that comparison will soon become possible.”
Among the highlights of the 2011 CRCT report:
- Reading, grade 5: Ninety-one (91) percent of students passed the reading CRCT,a one-year increase of one point, and a one-year increase of 10 points in the number of students exceedin the standard.
- Reading, grade 8: Ninety-six (96) percent of students passed the reading CRCT, a one-year increase of one point and an increase of seven points since GPS implementation (2006).
- Mathematics, grade 7: The pass rate was 89 percent, an increase of four points in one year and 15 points since GPS implementation (2007).
- Mathematics, grade 8: The pass rate was 78 percent, an increase of four points in one year and 16 points since GPS implementation (2008).
- Science, grade 3: The percentage of students exceeding the standard increased six points in one year.
- Social Studies, grade 6: The pass rate was 72 percent, an increase of eight points in one year.
State law requires that students in third, fifth and eighth grade meet or exceed expectations on the CRCT in reading in order to be promoted. Fifth and eighth grade students must also meet or exceed expectations on the CRCT in mathematics. In the 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade “gateway” years, more students than ever before are meeting and exceeding standards on the first attempt.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog