JONESBORO — Clayton County Public Schools’ elementary and middle-school students saw low scores in math on this year’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs), particularly in the key, promotional grades — third, fifth, and eighth, according to data released by the Georgia Department of Education.
The CRCTs are standardized exams designed to show if students have mastered the content included in the state’s Georgia Performance Standards curriculum. They cover five subject areas: reading, English/language arts, math, science, and social studies.
Results of the tests determine whether students in the third grade, fifth grade, and eighth grade are promoted to the next grade level. Third-grade students must meet standards in reading to be promoted. Third- and fifth-graders must also meet or exceed expectations in math to be promoted.
While state-level results showed that Georgia’s middle and elementary students, overall, made gains in virtually every grade level — this year over last year — for Clayton County Public Schools, the results are not as encouraging.
State-level results show students across the county are struggling in math, science and social studies. Math seemed to the subject where students need the most improvement, as evidenced by scores among third-graders (68 percent passed), fifth-graders (74.3 percent), and eighth-graders (87.1 percent).
At Elite Scholars Academy, 84.6 percent of eighth-grade students met or exceeded standards in math on the CRCT, which was the highest in the district. Math scores were also down at Sequoyah Middle, with only 46.7 percent of its pupils meeting or exceeding standards.
Meanwhile, fifth-grade students at Riverdale Elementary School had the lowest score in the district with 44.3 percent of its pupils who met or exceeded expectations in math. Suder Elementary had the highest math score with 85.7 percent.
Third-graders at Hawthorne Elementary showed low scores in math with 51.9 percent passing, while Rivers Edge Elementary third-graders passed with 85.1 percent.
“I’m not surprised are math scores are down,” said Jessie Goree, board of education member, for Clayton County Public Schools. “When we got rid of our seasoned [math] teachers I knew math scores were going to be down.”
The report indicated 93.7 percent of the county’s students met or exceeded expectations.
Elite Scholars Academy had a perfect score in reading with 100 percent of its eighth graders met or exceeded standards. Also performing well in reading was Suder Elementary school with 94 percent of its third graders meeting or exceeding standards. Following close behind was Rivers Edge Elementary with 92 percent.
To view full school-level CRCT results, across grade levels and subject areas, visit the state education department web site at www.gadoe.org.