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Barrow schools see some progress in CRCT results

POSTED: July 9, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Most Barrow County students displayed improvement on the majority of their subjects according to the just-released Criterion-Reinforced Competency Test school-level results.

However, the results also show a lot of room for improvement among students in a number of schools compared to the state average.

The numbers will be important in comparing past years, but don’t look for a direct comparison to next year’s CRCT test results, because there won’t be a good way to compare.

It’s the last time there will be results from the CRCT because next year all students in grades 3-8 and at the high school level will take the new GA Milestones test which has just been developed.

New Barrow superintendent Chris McMichael said at a recent board meeting that the new test will be a better indicator of student improvement, something he is very focused on in his new role.

According to the current CRCT numbers, some of the schools improving the most aren’t the same schools that are far surpassing the state average in the pass rate.

For instance, Yargo Elementary was the lone Barrow school to see students in all three grades pass the CRCT above the state average in all subjects.

However, in all three grades a lower number of students than last year achieved the pass rate in the majority of the subjects.

Still, surpassing the state average in all areas is quite an accomplishment, as Yargo principal Diane Bresson noted.

"We are proud of our CRCT scores at Yargo and attribute this to our strong collaboration between our parents, teachers and students," she said in a release. "We are thankful for a community that works together to achieve success."

On the other end of the spectrum, Westside Middle seventh and eighth graders passed all their subjects at a higher rate than last year, although seventh graders only exceeded the state average pass rate in three subjects and eighth graders in two.

The Westside students weren’t the only ones to increase scores from year-to-year across the board. Others included: Auburn fifth graders, Bear Creek seventh graders, Bethlehem third graders, Haymon-Morris sixth graders, Holsenbeck third graders, Russell sixth graders and Statham third and fourth graders.

"Our faculty and staff were very excited to receive our 2014 CRCT results for Statham Elementary," Statham principal Swade Huff said in a release. "All stakeholders worked as a team to create optimal learning opportunities for our students and our hard work definitely paid off as we improved in all five content areas. We are looking forward to another great school year!"

There were only three grades in three different schools where students passed at a lower rate than last year in all subjects, including Bramlett fourth graders, Kennedy fourth graders and Yargo third graders. The Bramlett and Yargo students, however, still passed at a higher rate than the state average in all of those subjects.

Overall, Yargo had the highest pass rates (meets/exceeds) or was tied for the highest rate as far as the elementary schools in four of the five subject, with 96 percent of students passing reading, 95 percent English/language arts, 88 percent math and 91 percent social studies. Bramlett had a high of 90 percent of students pass in science.

Kennedy had the lowest, or tied with the lowest, pass rates in four of five subject at the elementary school level, including reading (93), English/language arts (88), math (83 and science (77). The school’s combined pass rate for social studies was better at 85 percent.

At the middle school level Haymon-Morris and Russell both had similarly high pass rates for the county, with each seeing 97 percent of combined students pass reading and 95 percent English/language arts. In the three final subjects, Russell was one percentage point higher in science (85) and social studies (89), while Haymon-Morris was one percentage point higher in math (92).

Bear Creek had the lowest numbers of the middle schools in four of five subjects, including reading (96), English/language arts (91), math (82) and science (76). BCMS was to points higher than Westside in social studies (85).

District results were released last month, which showed an overall positive outlook for Barrow compared to the state and other counties. Combining all grades together for each subject, only in math was there a small drop in the pass rate (meet and exceeds). Reading rose from 94.9 percent in 2013 to 95.9; English language arts 92.2-92.4; science 80.4-82; and social studies 83.8-85.6. Math dropped to 87.1 from 87.4.

Compared to the 180 traditional school districts in Georgia the combined pass rate for all grades and subjects was higher than 63 percent of traditional districts.



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