Scores released earlier this month show that while Barrow students have made gains on the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), the school system still lags behind a large percentage of other school districts within the state.
The CRCT is administered statewide to students in first through eighth grades. Student performance is measured in five subject areas for grades three to eight: reading, math, English/language arts, science and social studies. First through third grades are assessed in reading, mathematics and English/language arts.
In reading, 35 percent of school districts statewide logged higher scores than Barrow County. In math, 37 percent of Georgia’s school districts fared better. The results for English and language arts were even worse with 44 percent of state school districts outperforming Barrow.
Still, Barrow’s system-wide results were an improvement over 2009.
Of the 34 grade level/subject combinations that were assessed in both 2009 and 2010, Barrow students performed better in 29 areas (85 percent of all grades/subjects). The overall passing rate also increased in all five subject areas.
The system-wide results indicate that Barrow students exceeded state averages in 75 percent of the grade level subject tests. In 94 percent of the grade level subject tests, Barrow students met or surpassed the state average.
Results for each school are expected to be released in early July.
Wanda Creel, Barrow County school superintendent, said she was proud of the school system’s accomplishments.
“The outstanding scores as reflected on the 2010 CRCT are the result of the hard work of our students, teachers, parents, and administrators,” she said. “We are so proud of our accomplishments; however, we will not stop working diligently until all of our students are successful.”