Deciding the results of state social studies tests taken by Georgia's sixth- and seventh-graders are "implausibly low," the state Department of Education is tossing them out.
The decision was prompted by the dismal scores state students had on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, or CRCTs.
"After intense scrutiny of the standards and the assessment, we have come to the conclusion that these scores are not trustworthy measures of student achievement in social studies," State School Superintendent Kathy Cox wrote in a letter to local school administrators. "Accordingly, the results will be invalidated. It is important to note that we found nothing technically incorrect with the scoring of these assessments. This decision is based primarily on the conviction that we need to revise the curriculum and the assessments to better evaluate the knowledge and skills that represent student achievement in social studies."
Soon the state will send local school systems a letter that "may be used as documentation that in student records that the affected scores are nullified," Cox wrote.
A panel of teachers and curriculum consultants later will modify the social studies curriculum and beging developing new assessments, she said.
The decision does not affect other test scores.