Test scores for Georgia’s elementary and middle school students improved in all areas this year, but most dramatically in the crucial subjects of mathematics and science.
Students posted gains on all 14 of the Criterion- Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in mathematics and science, all of which are aligned to Georgia’s more rigorous curriculum.
“The 2009 CRCT results are very encouraging and show that our students are learning more advanced concepts and are able to apply that knowledge properly,” said State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox.
The biggest one-year gain on any of the CRCTs was in eighth-grade math: The pass rate was 70 percent, an increase of eight percentage points.
The CRCTs are curriculum based tests given to students in grades 1-8 in the subjects of reading, English language arts, mathematics and – in grades 3-8 – science and social studies.
As Georgia has rolled out its new curriculum, the Georgia Performance Standards, more rigorous tests have been created and administered.
This year, for the first time, all the CRCTs are aligned to the new curriculum.
The statewide results are reported in three categories – the percentage of students that did not meet standards, met standards or exceeded standards.
Other highlights from the 2009 CRCT report include:
– A five (5) percentage point jump in the pass rate for science in grades 3 and 5. In third grade, 80 percent of the students met or exceeded standards on the Science CRCT and in fifth grade 76 percent.
– Reading and English language arts performance remained high and improved in almost every grade, with 89 percent of seventhgraders meeting standards on both tests. In sixth-grade, the pass rate was 90 percent in reading and 91 percent in English.
– This is the first year students in grades 3-5 took the social studies CRCT aligned to the new curriculum. The pass rate was over 70 percent for each grade.