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Newton County School System (NCSS) grade-level results by school show positive increases in both elementary and middle school Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) scores for the 2013-2014 school year. Retest data, which historically reflects even better results for NCSS, are not included in the totals.

 

Newton County schools are still showing improvement not only on the pass rates of the individual subjects tested but also on the number of students moving from the meets category to exceeds category on these tests.

 

The chart below indicates the schools’ rates of improvement from the 2010-2011 school year to the present.

 

School

Rate of Improvement 10/11-13/14

Improvement from previous years/total possible areas of improvement

East Newton

58%

26/45

Fairview

57%

17/30

Flint Hill

60%

18/30

Heard Mixon

51%

23/45

Live Oak

60%

27/45

Livingston

47%

21/45

Mansfield

53%

24/45

Middle Ridge

53%

24/45

Oak Hill

53%

24/45

Porterdale

47%

21/45

Rocky Plains

53%

24/45

South Salem

60%

27/45

West Newton

69%

31/45

NCTS@ FC

60%

27/45

NCTS@FC

40%

6/15

Clements

56%

25/45

Cousins

60%

27/45

Indian Creek

60%

27/45

Liberty

53%

24/45

Veterans

62%

28/45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Rate of Improvement is defined as the number of increases in students’ achievement divided by the total number of opportunities to improve as measured on CRCTs in grades 3-8 (does not include retest data).

 

 

 

Below are highlights of each NCSS elementary and middle school’s performance on the 2014 CRCT:

 

EAST NEWTON ELEMENTARY:  At the third grade level, pass rates were above the state average on all test subjects. In addition, third graders increased their pass rates in four of the five testing categories. In fourth grade, all scores were above the state average. Fourth graders also increased their pass rate in social studies and maintained their pass rate in science in 2014. Fifth graders posted pass rates above the state average in all categories and also showed an increase in the pass rate on the social studies test. Overall, the school showed a 67 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

FAIRVIEW ELEMENTARY: Fairview third graders exceeded the state average pass rate on the science test in 2014. They also posted increased pass rates in three of the five testing categories. At the fourth grade level, the school matched the state’s social studies pass rate and also showed an increased pass rate in reading. Fifth-graders increased their pass rate on the science test in 2014. Overall, the school showed an 87 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

FLINT HILL ELEMENTARY:  Third-graders equaled the state in English Language Arts and posted pass rates above the state average in science and social studies. They also increased their pass rates from the 2013 school year in four of the five testing categories. Fourth graders were below the state in all subjects and did not post gains on pass rates in 2014. Fifth-grade students posted pass rates higher than the state average in social studies and equaled the state in science. In addition, the fifth-grade class increased their pass rates across the board in all subject areas this year. Overall, the school showed a 67% gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

HEARD-MIXON ELEMENTARY: Heard-Mixon third graders were above the state in four of the five subject areas and also posted increases in the same four subject areas over 2013 scores. The fourth grade class soared above the state in all subjects and also showed an increase in pass rates in reading. The fifth grade class outpaced the state in English Language Arts and also increased its pass rate in science in 2014. Overall, the school showed a 53 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

LIVE OAK ELEMENTARY: Live Oak third graders equaled the state average in social studies.  Most importantly, they increased their pass rate in all subject areas. The fourth and fifth grade classes scored below the state on all test subjects and did not post any increases in 2014. Overall, the school showed a 53 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

LIVINGSTON ELEMENTARY: Livingston Elementary third-graders equaled the state in reading and also posted gains on their pass rates in reading and math. The fourth grade class scored below the state in all subjects and did not see any gains in pass rates in 2014. Fifth-graders posted pass rates above the state in reading and English Language Arts and also showed increases in both subjects. Overall, the school showed a 60 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

MANSFIELD ELEMENTARY: The third grade class outpaced the state in all subjects and also posted gains in pass rates in four of the five tests. At the fourth grade level, scores were above the state in math, science, and social studies. Fifth grade students were extremely successful on the 2014 CRCT, posting pass rates above the state in all subjects and increasing their pass rates as well in four of the five categories. In addition, 100 percent of fifth-graders passed the reading and English Language Arts tests. Overall, the school showed a 33 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

MIDDLE RIDGE ELEMENTARY: The third grade class scored above the state average in English Language Arts and more importantly, they posted increases on their pass rates in all five testing categories. The fourth-grade class posted gains on their pass rates in three of the five tests. Fifth-graders equaled the state in English Language Arts and science and also increased their pass rates in four of the five testing subjects. Overall, the school showed a 60 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

NEWTON COUNTY THEME SCHOOL AT FICQUETT: The combined elementary and middle school performed exceptionally well on the 2014 CRCT. All grade levels (3rd-8th) performed above the state in all test subjects. The school posted increases in eight testing categories. Most impressive, however, is the number of tests the school showed a 100 percent pass rate, including third grade reading, and sixth-grade reading, English Language Arts, and social studies. There was also a 100 percent pass rate in the middle school as all students in seventh and eighth-grade passed all portions of the CRCT test in 2014. Overall, the school showed at 73 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

OAK HILL ELEMENTARY: Third grade students scored above the state in reading and English Language Arts and equaled the state in social studies. Fourth grade students topped the state in social studies and fifth graders outpaced the state in reading, science, and social studies, and equaled the state in English Language Arts and math. They also increased their pass rates in all subjects. Overall, the school showed a 53 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

PORTERDALE ELEMENTARY: The third grade class equaled the state pass rate in reading and also posted increases in reading and math. Fourth-graders outpaced the state in math and social studies and showed an increase in pass rates in four of the five subjects. In addition, 100 percent of fourth graders passed the reading CRCT in 2014. The fifth grade class topped the state in reading and also showed an increased pass rate in the same subject. Overall, the school showed a 60 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

ROCKY PLAINS ELEMENTARY: Third graders at Rocky Plains scored above the state in all subjects and showed increases in their pass rates in both reading and social studies. Fourth graders were also above the state in all subjects and increased their pass rates in math. At the fifth-grade level, students outpaced the state in English Language Arts, science and social studies and equaled the state in reading. They also increased their pass rate in science in 2014. Overall, the school showed a 47 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

SOUTH SALEM ELEMENTARY: The third grade class at South Salem scored above the state in reading and equaled the state pass rate in social studies. They also increased their pass rates from 2013 in math and social studies. Fourth-graders scored above the state in all subjects and also showed increases on their pass rate in each subject as well. The fifth-grade class topped the state in reading and English Language Arts and also showed increases in pass rates in the same subjects. Overall, the school showed a 40 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

WEST NEWTON ELEMENTARY: The third grade class topped the state in English Language Arts and social studies and also increased their pass rates in three of the five subjects. The fourth grade class showed an increase on their reading pass rate in 2014 while the fifth-grade class outpaced the state in English Language Arts and math. The fifth-graders also increased their pass rates in four of five test subjects. Overall, the school showed an 80 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

CLEMENTS MIDDLE: Sixth-graders scored above the state in social studies and seventh graders topped the state in English Language Arts, science, and social studies. The seventh grade class also showed an increase in three of five subjects. Eighth graders posted an increase on their pass rate in science. Overall, the school showed a 67 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

COUSINS MIDDLE: Sixth-graders showed positive increases on their pass rates in four of the five subjects and seventh grade students increased in two of the five test categories. The eighth-grade class topped the state in math and science and matched the state in social studies. In addition, eighth-graders showed increases on the pass rates in two of the five tests. Overall, the school showed a 73 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

INDIAN CREEK MIDDLE: Sixth-graders topped the state in science and matched the state in reading. They also posted increases on their pass rates in four of the five subjects. At the seventh-grade level, students topped the state in reading and social studies and matched the state in English Language Arts. They also posted a higher pass rate in reading in 2014. Eighth-graders outperformed the state in science and social studies and equaled the state in reading and English Language Arts. They posted increases on the pass rates for both reading and social studies. Overall, the school showed an 80 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

LIBERTY MIDDLE: Sixth grade students topped the state in science and social studies and equaled the state in reading. They also increased their pass rates in four of the five subjects. Seventh-graders posted a higher pass rate in English Language Arts. Eighth-graders were below the state in 2014. Overall, the school showed a 40 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

VETERANS MEMORIAL MIDDLE: The sixth and seventh-grade classes saw increased pass rates in 2014. Sixth-graders raised their pass rates in three of the five subjects and seventh-graders posted increases in two of the five subjects. Eighth-graders topped the state in social studies and equaled the state in reading and science. They also increased their pass rates in four of the five test categories. Overall, the school showed a 53 percent gain in the number of students moving from the “meets” category to the “exceeds” category in 2014.

 

“We continue to show marked improvement in our pass rate,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “The data not only show that we are increasing the percentage of students who ‘meet the standard,’ but we are also increasing the percentage of students who ‘exceed the standard.’ This is a testament to the focused work of our teachers, leaders, staff, and students.  While our scores do not reflect where we want to be, we are headed in the right direction. Our goal is to meet or exceed state averages on each and every administered assessment. The 2014-2015 school year will entail increased rigor and expectations for all students in grades 3-8 as they will face a new assessment in the Georgia Milestone Assessment System that will require deeper understanding of the content. Our students will benefit greatly from continued support from their families and our community as they prepare to do their very best work on the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade (EOG) assessments in the spring of 2015.”  

 

For more information on test scores, please contact Dr. Allison Jordan, Testing Director for Newton County Schools, at jordan.allison@newton.k12.ga.us.

 

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