The latest school CRCT results show Barrow County’s 8th graders lost significant ground in the last year in most of the five tested subject areas — Reading, English-Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Their failure rates were higher in the majority of subject areas. They also fared worse than 8th graders statewide on more than half of the test’s components.
Elementary students fared better this year, though 3rd graders at two schools — County Line Elementary and Kennedy Elementary — had higher failure rates in all five subjects.
In a written statement Wednesday morning to the Barrow Journal, school superintendent Wanda Creel said several factors affected middle school students’ performance on this year’s CRCT.
“During the 2012-2013 school year all students and teachers across the state and nation were introduced to a new curriculum, the Common Core Standards,” she stated. “Barrow County students not only had a new curriculum but also had fewer days with the budget-induced 160-day calendar."
For the full story, see the July 10 issue of the Barrow Journal.