Coweta schools beat state results in CRCT

The Coweta County School System in 2013 not only bested its own performance from last year but outperformed that state average on the Georgia Criterion Reference Competency Test (CRCT).

“I am proud of our teachers and students and the efforts they make every day,” said Superintendent Steve Barker.  “Our students are performing at high rates and our schools are improving performance, even during some very difficult budgetary times.”

The CRCT measures student mastery of the state of Georgia’s basic curriculum in the subjects of reading, English language arts, math, science and social studies in grades 3 through 8. In all, the 2013 CRCT covers 30 areas in subjects that include reading, English language arts, math, science and social studies.

The 2013 CRCT results released by the Georgia Department of Education on June 25 show Coweta County students met or exceeded the standards at a higher rate than the state of Georgia as a whole in all 30 areas covered by the test, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson.

“The results also show that Coweta County students improved performance in several grades and subjects in the last year, with the passage rates of Coweta County students increasing in 21 of the 30 areas tested and the percentage of students exceeding the standards increasing in 24 of the 30 areas tested,” Jackson said.

Jackson said Coweta’s overall CRCT test performance in 2013 improved in 21 of 30 areas over 2012 performance.

Coweta schools outperformed the state by seven percentage points in 6th grade science with 81 percent meeting or exceeding standards compared to 74 percent in Georgia as a whole and 10 percent in 8th grade science with 84 percent meeting or exceeding standards compared to 74 percent in Georgia as a whole.

Students outperformed the state by 8 percentage points in 6th grade social studies with 86 percent meeting or exceeding standards compared to 78 percent in Georgia as a whole and 8 percent in 8th grade social studies with 86 percent meeting or exceeding standards compared to 78 percent in Georgia as a whole.

Coweta school students outperformed the state by eight percentage points in 8th grade math with 91 percent meeting or exceeding standards compared to 83 percent in Georgia as a whole.

Coweta students also did well in their performance on CRCT science exams and social studies exams compared to their state counterparts, Jackson said.

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