City and county school systems issued reports Friday on their spring CRCT test scores. Both Valdosta and Lowndes County school systems reported improvements.
Lowndes County School System reported “our students showed improvements in all areas of the Spring 2014 administration of the CRCT.”
Valdosta City School reported, “elementary and middle school students ... showed great improvement in performance on the Criterion Reference Competency Tests preliminary results ...”
Excerpts from the school’s system’s report:
The results of these assessments would be the second round of testing under the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards in English/language arts and math.
Last Spring, representatives from each grade level took time following the Spring 2013 assessments to edit, and in some instances, completely overhaul existing units to ensure the alignment to the new standards and to ensure an increased level of rigor. Many teachers worked tirelessly into the summer and the fall to finalize instructional units and assessments which became the basis for our instruction during the 2013-2014 school year.
The improvements represented combined achievement of all students in grade 3 through grade 8.
Science and social studies showed the largest gains with 89 percent and 91 percent, respectively, of all test takers scoring at the meets and/or exceeds performance level.
Math achievement improved with 95 percent of all test takers scoring at the meets and/or exceeds performance level. Improvements were also noted in reading with 98 percent of the test takers scoring at the meets and/or exceed performance level and 97 percent of English/language arts test takers scoring at the meets and/or exceeds performance level.
In addition to more students meeting proficiency in all five subject areas, Lowndes County had more students demonstrate high achievement by scoring at the exceeds performance level.
Superintendent Wes Taylor said, “We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our teachers and the support of our parents and community partners.”