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(Does Not Include Retest Data)

 

READING

% Met or Exceeded

ELA

% Met or Exceeded

MATH

% Met or Exceeded

SCIENCE

% Met or Exceeded

SOCIAL STUDIES

% Met or Exceeded

Grade

State

Newton

State

Newton

State

Newton

State

Newton

State

Newton

Grade 3

92.3

92.4

88.5

89.9

80.7

80.4

77.1

76.7

83.7

85.9

Grade 4

93.6

93.4

88.7

87.9

81.7

79.1

80.9

80.1

81.2

81.3

Grade 5

94.8

94.4

94.7

94.8

87.7

83.2

81.9

80.5

80.7

79.5

Grade 6

97.2

96.0

91.8

88.0

84.1

77.8

75.1

75.1

79.8

79.8

Grade 7

94.7

93.4

93.9

92.9

87.6

84.0

84.2

81.7

83.5

82.9

Grade 8

97.0

95.3

94.5

93.0

81.5

78.0

77.9

77.1

80.6

78.1

 

According to information released by the Georgia Department of Education today, Newton County School System (NCSS) students performed at or very near the state level on the 2014 Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Tests—Reading, English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. These averages do not include retest scores, which should be released later this month. Scores are expected to increase once retest data is calculated.

ELEMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS

At the elementary level, NCSS third-graders showed increases across the board in the number of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2014 CRCT. They even outpaced the state average in Reading, English Language Arts, and Social Studies.

At the fourth grade level, NCSS increased the number of students meeting or exceeding averages on the Reading CRCT and had a better pass percentage than the state on the Science test. In addition, fourth-graders were within one point of the state average on the remaining four tests.

NCSS fifth graders saw an increase in the number of students meeting or exceeding standards on the Reading, English Language Arts, and Science CRCT in 2014.  They also had a better pass percentage than the state on the English Language Arts test.

MIDDLE HIGHLIGHTS

At the middle school level, NCSS sixth-graders posted an increased passing rate on the Reading, Science, and Social Studies CRCT in 2014. They also matched the state pass rate on the Science and Social Studies CRCT.

Seventh grade pass rates increased on both the English Language Arts and Social Studies and eighth grade pass rates increased on the Science CRCT in 2014.

 

SUMMARY

Overall, Newton County School System showed a 53 percent rate of improvement on the 2014 CRCT. All grade levels with the exception of eighth grade, showed increased pass rates on the Reading CRCT. In addition, the district posted great gains in the number of students exceeding standards in each grade level. Both seventh and eighth grade saw gains in the “exceeds standards” category in each test section. Sixth grade posted gains in Reading and Social Studies and both fifth and fourth grade raised the number of student exceeding standards in Reading, Science, and Social Studies. At the third grade level, more students exceeded standards this year in Science and Social Studies.

“I greatly appreciate the focused work and dedication of our NCSS team,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent of Newton County Schools. “Our teachers have been working diligently to implement the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) in Reading, English Language Arts, and Math, while maintaining a laser-like focus on the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) in Science and Social Studies. A testament to their efforts is the significant increases noted in the percentage of students who have exceeded the standard on the CRCT. We are better preparing students not only for the rigor associated with the new assessments but also for life beyond high school.”

Fuhrey added, “We are not satisfied with our results. With continued focus on our non-negotiable goals of more effective teaching and increasing students’ performance, we expect to see continuous improvement overall. We appreciate our parent and community partnerships and cannot emphasize enough the importance of the role both play in regards to students’ achievement. High expectations of our students coupled with appropriate educational and community supports will enable our students to be college and/or career ready.”

This is the last year Georgia students will take the CRCT or EOCT. Beginning next year, all students in grades 3-12 will participate in the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS). Students in grades 3-8 will take an End-of-Grade assessment (EOG) and students in grades 9-12 will take an End-of-Course assessment (EOC). The new testing system is one consistent program across grades 3-12, rather than a series of individual tests. It will include open-ended questions to better gauge students’ content mastery and, with some exceptions for special education students with specific testing accommodations, will be administered entirely online by the fifth year of implementation.

Georgia Milestones will be aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics and the Georgia Performance Standards in Science and Social Studies. This testing system will require more from students than the CRCT and EOCT it replaces, in order to better prepare students for college and career and to provide a more realistic picture of academic progress.

These increased expectations for learning may mean initially lower scores than previous years’ CRCT and EOCT scores, but that is to be expected and should bring Georgia’s tests in line with other indicators of how students are performing.

The Newton County School System will host its annual Education Summits on August 23, 2014 and March 14, 2015 at Newton High School. Sessions related to the Georgia Milestones Assessment System will be offered. Parents are encouraged to attend.

For more information on NCSS test data, contact Dr. Allison Jordan, NCSS Director of Testing at Jordan.allison@newton.k12.ga.u.s.

 

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