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Newton County School System (NCSS) preliminary results show positive increases in both elementary and middle school Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) scores for the 2012-2013 school year. Final results, including grade-level scores will be released by the state in June. Retest data, which historically indicates even better results for NCSS, will also be available at that time.

System-level data for the Language Arts portion of the CRCT show that the overall number of students meeting or exceeding standards increased in sixth grade language arts. Impressively, the number of students exceeding standards increased in the third through seventh grade.

On the Math portion of the CRCT, the number of students meeting or exceeding showed great gains in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth grade. The number of students exceeding expectations also showed tremendous gains in fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth grade.

NCSS Reading showed great improvement with all but seventh grade reporting gains in the number of students meeting or exceeding standards in 2012-2013. The number of students exceeding scores on the Reading test this year increased across the board with third through eighth grade reporting increases.

Science results also showed tremendous improvement, with the number of students meeting or exceeding standards increasing in fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth grade. Those students exceeding expectations increased in fourth through eighth grade.

Newton County students showed the greatest improvement on the Social Studies CRCT in 2013 with an across the board sweep—both the number of students meeting or exceeding standards and the number of students exceeding standards increased in all grade levels (3rd through 8th).

Although school-based grade level results are not available, overall school level averages have been released and they clearly demonstrate the continued improvement in NCSS standardized testing scores. School level data is as follows:

·         East Newton Elementary: The school posted gains in the number of students meeting and or exceeding standards in Math, Reading, Social Studies, and Science to the tune of +5, +6, +3, and +5 respectively. Although the scores for English/Language Arts slightly decreased, East Newton still had 94 percent of all test takers meet or exceed standards on the test.

·         Fairview Elementary: Fairview students did extremely well on the 2013 CRCT; the number of students meeting or exceeding standards increased across the board this year. The school showed a 5 point increase in both Math and English Language Arts; a four point increase in Reading; a 9 point increase in Social Studies and a 12 point increase in Science!

·         Flint Hill Elementary: More Flint Hill students met or exceeded standards on the Math (+5 percent), Social Studies (+5 percent), and the Science test (+4 percent) in 2013. The pass rate remained the same in Reading with 90 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards. Although the pass rate for English Language Arts did drop slightly, overall 88 percent of students at Flint Hill met or exceeded standards on the test.

·         Heard-Mixon:  Heard-Mixon showed a positive increase in the number of students meeting or exceeding standards on the Math (+1) and Reading (+1) in 2012. The school posted a 5 point decrease in the pass rate on English Language Arts although the school still had 94 percent of all students meeting or exceeding standards on the test. In addition, the pass rates for Social Studies and Science did drop somewhat but 86 percent still passed the Social Studies test and 84 percent passed the Science test.

·         Live Oak: The school showed an increase in the number of students meeting or exceeding standards on both the Social Studies (+5 percent) and Science (+4 percent) test in 2013. Although the school posted slight decreases of two percent and one percent respectively on the English Language Arts and Reading tests, 92 percent of the students still passed those two tests. The school’s pass rate remained the same on the Math test with 82 percent of all test-takers passing the test.

·         Livingston: Livingston showed an impressive 12 percent increase in the number of students who met or exceeded standards on the Math CRCT in 2012. Although the school’s scores remained the same for English Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies, 94 percent, 91 percent, and 72 percent still passed the exams. The school did post a four point drop in the number of students passing the Science test in 2012.

·         Mansfield: Mansfield posted a two percent increase in the number of students passing the Math test and a three percent increase in those passing the Social Studies test. In addition Mansfield also saw a one percent increase in those passing the Science test. No change was recorded on the English Language Arts and Reading tests with 97 percent and 96 percent passing those subjects respectively.

·         Middle Ridge: Middle Ridge saw a four percent increase in the number of test-takers passing the Social Studies test in 2013. The school did see decreases in the number of students who passed the Math, English Language Arts, Reading, and Science tests this year.

·         Newton County Theme School at Ficquett: Passing rates for the elementary and middle school students attending Newton County Theme School at Ficquett increased in four of five subject areas in 2013—Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science.  All pass rates were above 96 percent. The school’s Reading score remained unchanged in 2013 with 99 percent of student passing the test.

·         Oak Hill: Oak Hill posted gains on the passing rate of both the Social Studies and Science tests and remained the same on the Math test in 2013. The pass rates for English Language Arts and Reading did decline this year, although scores of 88 and 92 persist in these respective areas.

·         Porterdale: Porterdale posted impressive increases on the Math, Social Studies and Science test with increased pass rates of +7 percent, +13 percent, and +9 percent respectively. The scores for Reading remained the same in 2013 with 86 percent passing the test. Porterdale did post a slight one percent decrease on the English Language Arts scores; however, the pass rate was still 84 percent.

·         Rocky Plains: Rocky Plains had an outstanding testing cycle in 2013 posting increased pass rates across the board—10 percent increase in Math; 4 percent increase in English Language Arts; one percent in Reading; 9 percent in Social Studies; and 10 percent in Science.

·         South Salem: South Salem also had an impressive testing cycle and posted pass rate increases across all subject tests in 2013. The school posted a 5 percent increase in Math; 2 percent in English Language Arts; 4 percent in Reading; 17 percent in Social Studies; and 13 percent in Science.

·         West Newton: West Newton posted gains on the pass rate in three testing categories in 2012—Math (+3), Social Studies (+4) and Science (+3). The scores for Reading remained consistent in 2013 with 89 percent of students passing the test. West Newton did see a slight decrease of minus four percent passing the English Language Arts test in 2013 but the pass rate was still a very respectable 86 percent.

·         Clements: Clements Middle School posted gains in all testing categories in 2013 with a 6 percent increase in students passing the Math; 3 percent increase in English Language Arts; one percent in Reading; 14 percent increase in Social Studies; and 8 percent increase in Science.

·         Cousins: Cousins Middle School posted gains in four of the five testing categories in 2013—Math (+1); Reading (+2); Social Studies (+7); and Science (+4). The schools pass rate did drop slightly in English Language Arts but still 91 percent of all test takers passed the test.

·         Indian Creek: Indian Creek showed gains on the pass rate in Math (+3 percent); Social Studies (+5 percent); and Science (+3 percent) and remained the same with a 93 percent pass rate in English Language Arts and 95 percent pass rate in Reading.

·         Liberty: Liberty Middle School posted a gain of seven percent on the Social Studies test and one percent on the Science test in 2013. Pass rates for English Language Arts and Reading remained unchanged at 93 percent and 95 percent respectively. The school did post a slight decrease in the number of students passing the Math test, going from 84 to 81 percent.

·         Veterans Memorial:  Veterans Memorial saw a five percent gain on the number of students passing the Social Studies test and a one percent gain on the Science test in 2013. The pass rates for Math and Reading remained the same at 78 percent and 94 percent respectively. The school did see a modest one percent drop in the number of students passing the Language Arts test but the pass rate was still 91 percent.

According to Superintendent Gary Mathews, “Overall, when this spring is compared to last spring, as the chart herein shows, our elementary and middle schools posted a 66.6 percent Rate of Improvement in the ‘Meets Standards’ category of the CRCT. Most impressively, NCSS elementary and middle schools demonstrated an 86.6 percent Rate of Improvement in the ‘Exceeds’ category of the CRCT. This marks the fourth consecutive year for the upward trajectory of state test scores in our county. This is of special importance when you consider that the state increased the rigor of this spring’s CRCTs in light of the new Common Core State Standards. This too, I believe, is an important omen given that, once again, the overall rigor of state tests will increase with the new Common Core assessments to be implemented with the 2014-2015 school year. Well done, team!”

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