The percentage of Georgia’s eighth graders exceeding standards in the CRCT tests increased this year, according to results released Thursday. Results for 3rd through 7th graders were mixed. State School Superintendent John Barge says the increase in scores is good news, especially as the state prepares to face a new, tougher program next year. “And the percentage of our students meeting the exceeds standard increased on 17 tests,” said Barge. “In fact, in eighth grade, the percentage of students exceeded in every content area.”
Georgia students are performing better on statewide standardized tests, according to results released Tuesday. The rising scores come as the state prepares to shift to tougher federal testing standards.
The cost of testing Georgia’s students will likely quadruple by 2014 as the state rolls out a replacement for the current Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests. Georgia education leaders are helping develop the test that will assess student learning under new national Common Core standards.
Schools across Georgia will begin teaching new academic standards designed to ensure students are ready for college and careers after high school graduation. Georgia adopted the "Common Core" standards in July 2010. State officials earmarked $900,000 in grant money for training.
The Dougherty County School Board said two principals have resigned and two teachers have been terminated in the wake of allegations of widespread cheating. Three other principals have been reassigned pending evidence from investigators.
State investigators say at least 10 educators in Dougherty County Schools have confessed to cheating on standardized tests. Special investigators were appointed by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue in August 2010 to look into possible cheating the previous year in the Atlanta and Dougherty County school systems.
Last year, one in ten kids in public schools missed more than 15 days of school. A state study shows how important being in class is to student achievement. The State Department of Education tracked the performance and attendance of students from 2007 to 2011.
A new report released Wednesday by the National Center for Educational Statistics says Georgia’s state eighth grade reading exam is one of the least rigorous in the country when compared to a well-regarded federal exam.
Atlanta Public Schools interim Superintendent Erroll Davis has sent letters home to all 178 employees implicated in the system's cheating scandal, informing them they can resign next week or face being fired.
A probe has found that more than 78 percent of Atlanta schools examined by state investigators engaged in cheating on standardized tests. Some findings from the report were released by Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday.