2013-14 CRCT Results

2013-14 CRCT Results

2013-14 CRCT Results

June 25, 2014

     Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) has released system results of the 2013-14 administration of Georgia’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs) for grades 3-8. Gwinnett mean scores on the CRCTs were above the state averages in all content areas at all grade levels. More GCPS test-takers met or exceeded the state standard than their peers statewide at all grade levels. In addition, Gwinnett students surpassed the state average in terms of students performing at the highest level-- Level 3-- exceeding state standards in nearly all subtests.

     Gwinnett students in grades 3-8 took the state-mandated tests in April. The CRCTs measure what students in grades 3-8 should know and be able to do at their grade levels based on the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) for Reading, English/Language Arts, and Mathematics and the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for Science and Social Studies. A student’s performance falls into one of three performance levels or standards:

  • Level 1-- Does Not Meet the Standard

  • Level 2-- Meets the Standard 

  • Level 3-- Exceeds the Standard

Gwinnett Elementary CRCT Highlights for 2013-14…

  • Gwinnett 3rd graders improved over the previous year’s class in both English/Language Arts and in Math with 93 percent meeting or exceeding the standard for their grade level in English/Language Arts and 87 percent in Mathematics. In other areas, the percentages of students meeting or exceeding the standards are 95 percent in Reading, 84 percent in Science, and 89 percent in Social Studies.

  • Gwinnett 4th graders showed improvement in Reading with 97 percent meeting or exceeding the standard. In other areas, the percentages of students meeting or exceeding the standards are 95 percent in English/Language Arts, 91 percent in Math, 90 percent in Science, and 92 percent in Social Studies. Of particular interest is the 4 percentage point increase in the percent of students exceeding the standard in Reading and in Social Studies.

  • Of last year’s 5th grade CRCT takers, 97 percent met or exceeded the standard in Reading, 97 percent in English/Language Arts, 93 in Mathematics, 87 in Science and 87 in Social Studies. At this grade level, GCPS saw an 8 percentage point increase in the percent of students exceeding the standard in Reading.

Gwinnett Middle School CRCT Highlights for 2013-14…

  • 98 percent of 6th grade students met or exceeded the state standard for Reading and 95 percent met or exceeded the standard in English/Language Arts. In Mathematics, 91 percent met or exceeded standards in Mathematics, while that figure was 84 percent in Science. In Social Studies, 88 percent met or exceeded the state standard. In 6th grade, students posted a 4 percentage point increase in the percent of students exceeding the standard in Reading.

  • 98 percent of Gwinnett 7th graders met or exceeded the state standard in both Reading and English/Language Arts. In the other areas tested, achievement at these higher levels was 96 percent in Mathematics, 93 in Science, and 93 percent in Social Studies. Of particular interest is the 11 percentage point increase in the percent of students exceeding the standard in Reading.

  • In 8th grade, Gwinnett saw 99 percent meeting or exceeding the standard for their grade level in Reading, 97 percent in English/Language Arts, 91 percent in Mathematics, 85 percent in Science and 88 percent in Social Studies. In looking at the percentage of students scoring at the highest level—Exceeds the Standard—GCPS 8th graders made significant gains with increases of 5 percentage points in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies and an 11 percentage point increase in Reading.

     Dr. Jonathan Patterson, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instructional Support, was pleased with the district’s overall performance, noting the work of teachers and the district’s support of teaching and learning. He said, “In reviewing these recent CRCT results, we see many positives, especially in terms of the number of students scoring at the higher performance levels. We feel the professional learning investment we have made in our teachers is making a difference in the classroom and in student achievement. Our teachers are doing a great job and will continue to look for ways to engage students using proven instructional strategies that link to our rigorous curriculum.”

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