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CRCT scores: Schools improving but still below state average

Mike Haskey mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com 
 The new Muscogee County School District administration building is near completion. 09/30/09
Mike Haskey mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com The new Muscogee County School District administration building is near completion. 09/30/09 mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com

On Tuesday, the Georgia Department of Education released scores on Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests by school, and the results confirmed what the district-level scores showed in June: Muscogee County schools are showing improvement, but on average fall behind other schools in the state.

Overall, the Muscogee County School District didn't meet the state average in any subject at any grade level. Students in grades 3-8 were tested on reading, language arts, math, science and social studies.

Individually, a third of the district's middle schools and more than a third of its elementary schools failed to meet the state average in any subject at any level.

Three-quarters of Muscogee County elementary schools had a passing rate below the state average on most subjects and in most grades, and more than half of the district's middle schools also fell below the state in most categories.

But many of these schools showed improvement, just as the district as a whole improved its performance on more than half of the state's standardized tests and narrowed the achievement gap with the state average on more than one-third of the tests.

"We are pleased with the preliminary review of the CRCT results that showed overall growth and improvement throughout the district, particularly in elementary schools that have traditionally struggled," said Muscogee County School District Superintendent David Lewis.

He singled out Fox, Key and Cusseta Road elementary schools.

At Fox Elementary, more than 90 percent of fifth graders passed the language arts portion of the CRCT, and more than 87 percent passed math.

At Key Elementary, third graders surpassed the state average in reading, language arts and math, and fifth graders beat the state in reading and science.

At Cusseta Road Elementary, third graders outpaced the state in math.

Lewis also mentioned Reese Road Elementary, where third and fifth graders exceeded the state average in every subject, and every fifth grader in the school passed language arts.

Five elementary schools -- Britt David, Clubview, Double Churches, Eagle Ridge and Mathews -- exceeded the state average in every subject at every grade level.

At Britt David, the district's total magnet elementary school, every fifth grader taking the test passed every subject test, and other grades had a perfect passing percentage in every subject except third-grade science and fourth-grade math and science.

Every Clubview third grader taking the test passed reading, language arts and social studies, and at Mathews Elementary every third grader passed reading and every fifth grader passed reading and language arts. Every Double Churches third grader passed social studies.

Among middle schools, Blackmon Road and Aaron Cohn also exceeded the state average for students passing every subject at every grade level.

Lewis recognized Fort and Double Churches middle schools for performance in multiple subjects.

Fort Middle surpassed the state average in sixth grade reading and social studies, seventh grade science and social studies, and eighth grade reading, while Double Churches Middle beat the state average in sixth grade reading, language arts and social studies, seventh grade reading and social studies, and eighth grade reading.

As he did when the district scores were released on June 25, Lewis thanked the teachers and administrators for their hard work.

"We feel this provides momentum for our initiatives as we prepare for the new, more rigorous Georgia Milestones Assessment System coming next school year," he said.

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