Muscogee County shows overall improvement on state test scores

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comJune 25, 2014 

The Muscogee County School District administration building is at 2960 Macon Road.

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The Muscogee County School District has improved its performance on more than half of the state's standardized tests in grades 3-8 and has narrowed the achievement gap with the state average on more than one-third of the tests, according to data the Georgia Department of Education released Wednesday.

This spring, those six grades took the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in five subjects, producing a total of 30 scores for school districts to measure their progress. Compared to the 2013 results, Muscogee County increased its percentage of students passing on 17 of the 30 CRCTs and narrowed the state gap on 13 of them. Passing means the student met or exceeded the state standard.

Students in grades 1-2 didn't take the CRCTs. Students in grades 9-12 took the End of Course Tests, whose results weren't released.

This was the final year the state will administer the CRCTs. Starting next school year, the standardized tests will be the Georgia Milestones Assessment System, which officials promise will be a tougher measurement. The Georgia Milestones also will replace the End of Course Tests.

"I would like to thank our teachers and administrators for their hard work, which led to the overall improvement," Muscogee County superintendent David Lewis said in a news release. "While we are pleased with the CRCT improvement, I recognize there is significant work yet to be

done as we continue implementation of new initiatives and organizational structures, which align to college and career readiness standards and the new, more rigorous Georgia Milestones Assessment System next school year."

Highlights

Muscogee County’s highlights in the district’s 2014 CRCT scores include:

• Grades 3-8 increased their math scores by an average of 2.2 points, including 5.3 percentage points for grades 3-5.

• Grades 3-5 increased their reading scores by an average of 2 percentage points.

• Elementary schools increased their pass rates in 67 percent of their content areas.

• Grades 6-8 show an average increase of 1 percentage point in reading.

• Grades 6-8 increased the percentage of students exceeding the state standard in 13 of the 15 content areas.

Lowlights

Despite its overall improvement, Muscogee County still has areas of concern:

• The district didn’t exceed or match the state average in any of the 30 tests.

• While third grade and fifth grade improved their scores and narrowed the state gap in every subject, fourth grade declined in every subject and failed to narrow the state gap in any subject.

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow Mark on Twitter@MarkRiceLE.

MCSD COMPARED TO STATE Here’s how the Muscogee County School District performed on the 2014 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests compared to the state in grades 3-8, plus the average score for all grades in each subject. Numbers denote the percentage of students who passed the test, meaning they met or exceeded the state standard.

READING 3 4 5 6 7 8 AVG MC 88 88 93 95 91 96 92 GA 92 94 95 97 95 97 95

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 3 4 5 6 7 8 AVG MC 82 83 92 87 90 92 88 GA 89 89 95 92 94 95 92

MATH 3 4 5 6 7 8 AVG MC 75 70 86 74 81 72 76 GA 81 82 88 84 88 82 84

SCIENCE 3 4 5 6 7 8 AVG MC 65 68 74 62 77 65 69 GA 77 81 82 75 84 78 80

SOCIAL STUDIES 3 4 5 6 7 8 AVG MC 77 67 72 69 79 74 73 GA 84 81 81 80 84 81 82

MCSD COMPARED TO 2013

Here’s how the Muscogee County School District's 2014 CRCT scores by subjects and grade compare to their 2013 scores, with the percentage point differential in parentheses:

Improved

Third grade: reading (+2), English language arts (+3), math (+11), science (+2), social studies (+3).

Fifth grade: reading (+5), English language arts (+3), math (+7), science (+9), social studies (+2).

Sixth grade: reading (+2), math (+1), social studies (+2).

Seventh grade: English language arts (+1), social studies (+5).

Eighth grade: science (+1), social studies (+5).

Maintained

Eighth grade: reading (0).

Declined

Fourth grade: reading (-1), English language arts (-2), math (-2), science (-5), social studies (-4).

Sixth grade: English language arts (-1), science (-1).

Seventh grade: reading (-1), math (-2), science (-1).

Eighth grade: English language arts (-2), math (-2).

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