More Georgia students are passing the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests. The 2011 results released Thursday show the passage rate is up in almost every grade and content area.The state made the largest gains in Math—a subject that has been troublesome for Georgia students overall in the past.
Five straight days of public school closings in parts of the state hit by the winter storm gives teachers less time to prepare students for the CRCT test. State education officials say they are working to address the problem.
Governor Perdue today answered a charge by a group of black Atlanta pastors that the State’s investigation into cheating on the CRCT is a "witch hunt" against black teachers. The clergy is protesting possible criminal charges against educators. Fulton County’s District Attorney, Paul Howard, said he will seek criminal prosecutions if warranted in the cheating allegations at some Atlanta public schools.
Investigations continue into possible wrongdoing on CRCT tests by some Atlanta and Dougherty County teachers. The state’s largest teachers group wants to make sure there's help for any of its member-educators affected by the probe.