According to recently released Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) for grades 3-8, DeKalb County students demonstrated performance gains equal to students statewide in four of five subject areas.
The CRCT, which was administered in April, measures proficiency in reading, English language arts, science, social studies, and mathematics.
“We are proud of the students, parents, and educators who contributed to the District’s academic growth and achievement,” said DeKalb Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond. “We also recognize that more work is left to be done.”
In 30 content-area CRCTs, DeKalb students increased or maintained efficiency rates in 19 areas as compared with 22 areas statewide. Based on a year-over-year aggregate analysis of performance outcomes in all grades, the number of DeKalb students meeting or exceeding standards increased in four of five content areas:
Number of students meeting or exceeding
Reading 88.2% 89.2% (+)478
ELA 84.7% 84.9% (+)204
Science 63.6% 64.4% (+)469
Social Studies 67.0% 67.4% (+)264
Mathematics 71.9% 70.6% (-)453
A more demanding test for mathematics resulted in a decline in the number of students meeting or exceeding standards from the previous year. The District is addressing this need with a set of strategies that will incorporate teacher training, more critical thinking skills for students, and additional student practice time in the upcoming school year.
“The CRCT indicated a need for more rigorous intervention in improving performance in mathematics, science, and social studies and we are responding with actions that will directly address this need,” said Thurmond.
According to the Georgia Department of Education, students took the CRCT for the last time this year. Beginning next year, the state will implement a new test for all students. Entitled the “Georgia Milestones,” the new testing system will consist of one program across grades 3-12 rather than a series of individual tests.