2014 CRCT Scores Show More 8th Graders Exceeding StandardsPrint This Post
The percentage of Georgia’s eighth graders exceeding standards in all content-area Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) increased this year, including an 8-percent increase in reading. Grade eight students showed a 2-percent increase in English language arts, a 3-percent increase in mathematics, a 3-percent increase in science, and a 2-percent increase in social studies.
Students in Georgia’s elementary and middle schools secured gains, as measured by the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standards, on 14 of 30 content-area CRCTs taken this year. Eight areas showed no change, while another eight areas showed decreases. Decreases ranged from 1 to 2 percentage points, while increases ranged from 1 to 4 percentage points. Grades four, five, and six saw gains Reading tests, while grades three, seven, and eight stayed the same.
Students took the CRCT for the last time this year. Beginning next year, all students in grades three through eight will take the Georgia Milestones. The new testing system is one consistent program across grades three through 12, rather than a series of individual tests. It will include open-ended questions to better gauge students’ content mastery and, with some exceptions for special education students with specific testing accommodations, will be administered entirely online by the fifth year of implementation.
Georgia Milestones will be aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) in English language arts and mathematics, and Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) in science and social studies. This testing system will require more from students than the CRCT and EOCT it replaces, to better prepare students for college and career and to provide a more realistic picture of academic progress.
These increased expectations for learning may mean initially lower scores than previous years’ CRCT or EOCT scores, but that is to be expected and should bring Georgia’s tests in line with other indicators of how our students are performing.
Note: District-level results will be available no later than June 26, and school-level results will be available no later than July 10.
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GaFCP Communications Director