The state released state CRCT scores by system today, with strong metro performances by students in Cherokee, Fayette, Decatur and Buford.
Clayton and Atlanta had some of the lowest scores.
The longer I report on education, the less comfortable I am with test score results, which often speak more to the affluence of the families in a district than the proficiency of either the schools or the teachers.
I think a fairer comparison is to juxtapose scores in systems with similar socio-economics. If you are interested, here is the AJC database that will allow you to look at district performance.
A DeKalb parent has already looked at that system’s scores and noted that, “If you go look at the score report, you will find that in 8th grade, DCSS had lower pass rates than either Clayton or Atlanta in 8th grade reading and math. In fact, Clayton’s pass rate for reading (8th grade) was actually 2 percentage points higher than DeKalb.”
For example, among eighth graders who must pass the math portion of the CRCT to automatically be promoted to ninth grade, the statewide passing rate was 77.7 percent. In Atlanta Public Schools, the passing rate was 65.9 percent, and in Clayton, it was 68.3 percent. By comparison, the passing rate on that same test was 89.6 percent in Cherokee County, 93.4 percent in Fayette County, 86.8 percent in Buford and 94.6 percent in Decatur.
Forsyth County, an affluent north Atlanta suburb and traditionally a top test performer, had a 96.9 percent passing rate on the eighth grade math test, the best reported in the state.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog